Date: 6th June 2021 at 8:00am
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Former Leeds United star Jon Newsome believes that a deal to sign Rodrigo De Paul may be too expensive at £40m.

The Whites have been heavily linked with a swoop for the Udinese attacking midfielder in recent months.

Leeds are said to have made a bid for the Argentina international last summer, but an offer worth €35m (£30m) was rejected by the Italian .

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Since then, De Paul enjoyed a fantastic season, scoring nine goals and laying on 10 assists in 36 outings in Serie A.

Reports claim Udinese have demanded £40m to let him leave this summer.

However, Leeds have also been linked with a potential move for West Bromwich Albion playmaker Matheus .

The 25-year-old impressed for the Baggies this season despite their relegation, scoring 11 goals and laying on six assists in the .

Reports suggest that Leeds have already initiated contact with Pereira’s agent over a possible move and Newsome believes it may be a cheaper deal to do for Leeds, as opposed to De Paul.

Pereira has a contract with the Baggies until 2024 and is valued at £11.7m by Transfermarkt.

Speaking exclusively to This Is Futbol, he said: “I think they’re talking £40 million again and it’s a big number, it really is a big number.

“I don’t know what Pereira would cost but I don’t think he’d be anywhere near that kind of figure.

“I’d imagine it’s probably like half that figure. So for me, that makes it better business.”