Leeds United are seemingly willing to spend big this summer, with Rodrigo De Paul of Udinese the latest player being linked with a big-money move to Elland Road.
After reports emerged earlier this weekend, The Guardian has now claimed that Udinese will demand around £31m for their man, a fee that would once again break Leeds’ transfer record.
That record, the £26m (BBC) signing of Rodrigo Moreno this week, is a big chunk of change for the Premier League newcomers. Indeed, few expected them to be quite so extravagant with their spending upon their return.
But it seems Leeds are willing to give it a big go with Victor Orta pulling the strings. However, if they are going to be splashing the cash, then surely they’d be best investing that money into the Celtic striker, Odsonne Edouard, with who the Whites have been linked with this month.
Of course, De Paul is a fine midfield player but goals win games and ultimately, ensure survival.
Edouard will be chomping at the bit to prove himself in England
While the signing of Rodrigo Moreno does give Leeds some added impetus up top, he hasn’t been the most prolific in recent seasons and it remains to be seen whether Bielsa will use him as a number nine or in a wider or deeper position.
Surely, then, Leeds need to be looking at a natural centre-forward if they are willing to spend? And in Edouard, they’d be getting exactly the sort of player who could fire them to Premier League survival and beyond.
Edouard’s stats speak for themselves. 28 goals in just 45 appearances last season is astonishing. On the flip side to that, Patrick Bamford managed 16 in the Championship. And while that’s admirable and Bamford works hard, Leeds may need more.
So, if Orta and co are serious about their Premier League venture and are willing to spend big again, that money might best be spent on a striker, rather than supplementing a midfield that already contains the talents of Phillips, Klich, Forshaw, and Hernandez.