Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa did not specifically request that the club signs Udinese midfielder Rodrigo De Paul, according to La Nacion.
The Argentine newspaper claims that Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani is instead central to any deal to sign De Paul, 26, before the transfer window slams shut next month.
Eleven Sports Italy journalist Luca Fiorino reported on his personal Twitter account on Wednesday that Leeds are “working tirelessly” to reach an agreement with Udinese for De Paul.
It is understood that the Argentina international is valued around £31.1million by Udinese, who could still sell the player to Juventus with the Serie A giants keeping close tabs on him.
It is interesting that Radrizzani is the man behind this deal and the Leeds chief also founded Eleven Sports, who Fiorino works for and is reporting updates on the Yorkshire club’s pursuit.
#Leeds are working tirelessly with #Udinese to reach an agreement for Rodrigo De Paul. Price tag for Argentinian midfielder around €35M.#Juventus still have eyes on Rodrigo and for this reason he anxiously awaits a call from “Old Lady” #MOT #LUFC #Transfers
— Luca Fiorino (@LucaFiorino24) September 3, 2020
It remains to be seen whether or not Leeds can pull this deal off because the club has already invested heavily in signing players permanently since the end of last season.
Helder Costa and Illan Meslier both arrived permanently after their loan spells at Elland Road while a club-record £26million initial fee has been spent on striker Rodrigo and a further £13million on defender Robin Koch.
What Udinese are demand for De Paul is a lot of money and a new central midfielder was never Leeds’ priority before the transfer window opened.
However, now they have spent big on improving the defence and attack, the Whites could have some money left over to add a new face to their midfield.
De Paul made 35 appearances in all competitions for Udinese last season and, according to transfermarkt, 31 of those saw him play as a central midfielder.
However, the Argentine has been known to play on the wings and up front so his versatility could come in really handy for Leeds.
But La Nacion’s claim that Bielsa isn’t the man who specifically requested that the club signs De Paul is interesting.
It could mean he doesn’t start for Leeds for quite some time or that he might never really settle into Bielsa’s system or meet his fitness standards.
We’ll have to wait and see but if Radrizzani is seriously keen on a deal for the Argentine, there’s a good chance one will be agreed.
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