By Craig Scott

6th Oct, 2020 | 8:40am

Phil Hay details Bielsa stance on Rodrigo De Paul as Leeds fail to land Udinese star

Marcelo Bielsa never asked Leeds United to push the boat out to sign Rodrigo De Paul from Udinese, according to The Athletic journalist Phil Hay.

De Paul, 26, has been strongly linked with a move for Leeds for the last month with LeedsLive journalist Beren Cross reporting that the Argentina international was “the dream signing” for the Whites.

Hay, however has reported that with Udinese demanding big money for the midfielder, despite him declaring he wants to join Leeds on social media, the Yorkshire giants simply failed to make a concrete move to sign him.

Leeds did want a new central midfielder due to Adam Forshaw’s fitness issues and a move was made for Michael Cuisance before the Bayern Munich midfielder failed to pass a medical at Elland Road.

Even though that move broke down, Bielsa still didn’t give his blessing towards a move for De Paul as Udinese demanded £36.8million [Fabrizio Romano] for their midfield ace.

Bielsa clearly didn’t think that De Paul was worth that kind of money and that a move for him would mean that the club wouldn’t be able to afford a new winger.

And that’s the direction that the Whites took in the final hours of the transfer window as they wrapped up a move for Brazilian winger Raphinha, who has now arrived at Elland Road on a permanent basis from Rennes.

Technically, Leeds still have 10 days to add to their squad but the pool of potential arrivals has decreased to players who are currently in England.

Still, Victor Orta and Bielsa are likely to have their eyes on someone who might be able to add to their central midfield options in the way that Cuisance would have done.

In other Leeds United news, Angus Kinnear has confirmed there’s interest in this Leeds man.