Phil Hay has been speaking on the latest edition of The Athletic’s The Phil Hay Show about all things relating to Leeds United.
One of the topics that The Athletic reporter spent some time on was transfers, and while he was talking about this, he mentioned Leeds’ attempts to sign Rodrigo De Paul and why the Argentine tweeted about the club.
He said: (38:52) “Take Rodrigo De Paul who Leeds were linked with right the way through the summer window.
“They never got close to his valuation; Udinese were wanting somewhere close to about £35m, and Leeds were a long way short of that and for all the talk about him and for all the constant speculation that didn’t really get far beyond a conversation about him because the numbers didn’t add up.
“What demonstrated that in the end was De Paul liking tweets, really flagging up the fact that he wanted to go and he was interested in the move, and I think that was because he could feel that it wasn’t happening.”
Do you think Leeds should try and buy De Paul again?
Yes, he would be a great addition
No, we missed our chance
TIF Thoughts on Leeds’ potential deal for De Paul…
It was claimed that the Whites made an offer of £23m for the Argentine, but the Serie A side wanted around £31m, which Leeds would not match, and that seems like it was the end of it.
However, De Paul really tried to push for this move to Elland Road, but in the end, nothing happened, and he has remained with Udinese, where he has been their standout player this season, earning an average rating of 7.59, scoring three goals and providing one assist in the league.
So, it will be interesting to see if the Whites consider making another move for him in the January window or next summer.
We think that if De Paul keeps up this form, then we wouldn’t be surprised to see Leeds reignite their interest in him at some point.