Fiorentina midfielder Erick Pulgar will not be joining Leeds United this summer, The Athletic’s Phil Hay has revealed.
Rodrigo De Paul also looks unlikely to move to Elland Road according to Hay, with that potential transfer requiring a major change in circumstance if it is to go through.
A new midfielder has seemingly been on the wishlist for Leeds all summer, with De Paul and Pulgar two of those who have been linked with a move to the Championship title winners.
Recent reports have claimed that Leeds are preparing an offer for Pulgar that could have been worth somewhere in the region of 15million euros, although it now seems that they may not be the case.
Responding to a question from one Leeds fan on Twitter asking about links with Pulgar and Manchester United winger Dan James, Hay explained that while the James deal is dependent on the Old Trafford club, the reporter stated that he is “Being told no.” with regards to a possible move for Pulgar.
Twitter: @Si_Plow @skysports_bryan James they like but they’re dependent on Man Utd for that one. Being told no on Pulgar. (@PhilHay_)
De Paul is another who is apparently attracting attention from Leeds, but while the Udinese midfielder’s recent social media activity suggests that the 26-year-old is keen on a move to Elland Road, it seems that move appears unlikely.
Asked in follow up to that news on Pulgar if Leeds business was now focused on De Paul, James and Real Sociedad centre back Diego Llorente, Hay replied by saying that he doesn’t see a move for De Paul happening “Unless something changes significantly”.
Twitter: @Si_Plow @skysports_bryan I just don’t see De Paul happening. Or not unless something changes significantly. (@PhilHay_)
It has previously been claimed that Udinese are demanding 40million euros for the signing of De Paul, an amount that is starting to look as though it is out of Leeds’ price range at this moment in time, and given the current global situation.
This has got to be frustrating for those of a Leeds persuasion, given the impact that either or both of these players could have had on Bielsa’s side this season, and in the years to come.
However, given the cost that might have been involved with De Paul in particular, it does make sense for Leeds to know when to draw the line over what they will pay for a player.
That is something we have seen them do already this summer – think Ben White – and that it is encouraging to see that they are taking that approach for the good of Leeds United as a whole in what are such difficult financial times for so many clubs right now.
Indeed, you feel as though there are likely to still be cheaper, but still reliable alternative out there for Leeds this summer, and there is still plenty of time to get such a player in, meaning there doesn’t feel like much need to panic over the pursuit of a new midfielder just yet.