One of the ongoing transfer rumours of the summer was Leeds United’s pursuit of Udinese midfielder Rodrigo De Paul.
As reported by 90min, Leeds failed to reach the player’s £40 million valuation, with £25 million their top price, and despite the 26-year-old seemingly wanting the move no deal ever got done.
Indeed, Victor Orta later confirmed to the Yorkshire Evening Post that Leeds simply could not afford the player.
Based on the start De Paul has had to the Serie A season, it is clearly a deal Leeds United fans should be disappointed didn’t happen.
De Paul has completely transformed into a central midfielder this season, even playing in the deeper holding role on occasion.
Whilst Udinese have struggled for form, De Paul has been in fantastic form. He is in fact the most fouled player in Serie A at present, suggesting his penchant for drifting past opponents.
Leeds are short in the heart of midfield. Kalvin Phillips’ recent injury and Adam Forshaw’s continued struggles highlighted that fact and a player of De Paul’s immense quality in the heart of the park would have been an important part of the jigsaw for the club if a deal could have been reached.
De Paul himself will also be disappointed a deal never happened. Whilst he is performing well, Udinese are not. Leeds United meanwhile, sit sixth in the Premier League after an impressive start to the new campaign.
Perhaps it is a deal for Leeds to revisit in the future, as De Paul could prove an integral member of the side in his newfound central role. Meanwhile, the player might get a chance to chase European nights again, rather than battle relegation.