Leeds’ chances of signing Rodrigo De Paul look as good as over. Last summer, the Argentine was linked with the Whites but despite everything, a fee was never agreed. However, Spurs might be about to offer the next best thing.
De Paul even Tweeted a Leeds fan saying he wanted to swap Udinese for the Premier League club – but the Whites never met Udinese’s terms and he remained in Italy. Now, even if Leeds had the money, they won’t get him.
The likes of Liverpool, Inter Milan and Juventus are all being linked with the Argentina international. So, even if Leeds met Udinese’s price tag – De Paul will be looking at the aforementioned three clubs, and playing in Europe.
But the need for an attacking midfielder is still there. Leeds need a player that can add that flair, aggression and top-tier talent they require from the middle of the park – and a report suggests Tottenham could give them that player.
The Mirror claim Spurs are ready to offload seven players this summer and one of those is Erik Lamela. Like De Paul, Lamela has that Argentine passion – making him an aggressive, hard-working, yet poetic type of player.
His performance in the 2-1 defeat to Arsenal summed everything up. He scored one of the contenders for the goal of the season, but that tenacity eventually saw him sent off – though somewhat harshly. He could be allowed to leave.
Indeed, Daniel Levy will want some cash for a player he spent £30million in 2013 (Mail) to sign him from Roma. His contract is due to expire in 2022 and the chances of him getting a new deal look unlikely. He needs to be sold.
He can play out wide, and in the middle – offering versatility, a trait Bielsa likes. He would give his fellow countryman in Bielsa everything De Paul does, but at a cheaper price because of his contract. A no-brainer for Leeds.