By Craig Scott

1st Apr, 2021 | 11:10am

Phil Hay: Leeds United will have decent transfer budget in summer

Leeds United will have a “decent transfer budget” in the summer in order to add to the squad at Elland Road, according to The Athletic journalist Phil Hay.

After winning promotion to the Premier League, Leeds spent over £100million on new arrivals as Victor Orta decked out Marcelo Bielsa’s squad with seasoned international like Rodrigo, Diego Llorente and Robin Koch while Brazilian livewire Raphinha was also brought in from Rennes.

Ex-Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Hay reports that the Whites will still have a healthy budget next season despite their huge splurge last year as they aim to add to the left-back and midfield areas.

“I get the impression Leeds will have a decent transfer budget again next season and they seem to know which positions are the priorities — left-back, attacking midfield and cover for Kalvin Phillips in the holding role,” said Hay on The Athletic website.

“Orta has been working on some of his targets for a few months now, so they should be well prepared for the summer.

“COVID-19 isn’t making things easy because it’s been squeezing cash flow for more than 12 months but there’s no suggestion Leeds will need to significantly tighten their belt.

“That’s important because, as good as they’ve been and as well as they’ve acclimatised this season, I don’t think they can be complacent in assuming the strength and depth of their squad is adequate.

“The best clubs keep on strengthening intelligently.”

Time for Rodrigo De Paul?

It’s the transfer story that simply won’t go away but we cannot stress enough how good a signing Rodrigo De Paul would be for Leeds.

Last summer, the Udinese midfielder confirmed his desire to sign for the Whites on Twitter in a tweet that was later deleted.

According to Sky Sports Italy journalist Fabrizio Romano, it was a disagreement between the two clubs that led to the Argentina international’s failure to move to West Yorkshire as Udinese demanded a whopping £34million (€40m) for the midfielder.

And do we blame them for wanting that much? Absolutely not.

If anything, De Paul could be more expensive this summer due to the incredible season he’s had at Udinese.

The ex-Valencia player has scored six goals and supplied six assists in 27 Serie A appearances this season.

According to stats by Wyscout, De Paul ranks first in Europe’s top-five leagues for expected assists [11.94], fourth for key passes [32] and fifth for smart passes [67].

Only one player has attempted more one-versus-one dribbles than him in Serie A this term too [206] with the Argentine showing he’s a threat when moving the ball forward at his feet, or passing it towards one of his team-mates.

He could be the missing link for Leeds, to turn this good team into a great one.

We’d be happy to see the club spend the bulk of their budget on this brilliant player.

In other Leeds United news, Rodrigo has hit back at Gabriel Agbonlahor and shared a huge update on his future at Elland Road.