Marcelo Bielsa is reportedly keen on landing the service of Rodrigo De Paul for Leeds United.
Leeds are yet to blink and meet Udinese’s demands for the service of the midfielder.
However, it appears Bielsa is keen to link up with his fellow Argentine.
TuttoUdinese owner Stefano Pontoni has been discussing the interest in De Paul this summer.
He’s noted the interest that Juventus hold in the midfielder, who, in his eyes, is definitely on the way out.
However, there was also a line stating how eager Bielsa is to work with the 26-year-old at Leeds.
As per Calciostyle, he said:
De Paul, according to me, will leave Udine in the end. Juventus can be the good destination, because [Andrea] Pirlo rates him. [Igor] Tudor, who managed him at Udinese, recommended him.
Dybala did too. €30m plus a counterpart and the deal can be done. Beware of Leeds too, with Bielsa who would do anything to get him.
There is interest from Leeds, but the fee in question is a sticking point.
Leeds are yet to match the €40m fee Udinese have slapped on the Argentina international and are reportedly playing the waiting game.
It’s claimed De Paul wants the move to England.
What Bielsa wants, Bielsa usually gets.
That’s been the story of his time at Leeds and, if he’s got his heart set on De Paul, I’d expect to Leeds cough up the fee.
There’s certainly a space in the Leeds squad for De Paul. They lack legs alongside Mateusz Klich and Kalvin Phillips in midfield and De Paul would be the perfect alternative to Pablo Hernandez.
It’s the one area of the squad that concerns me at the moment and I’d love to see the deal done.