Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Leeds United will have to pay €40m (£36m) to sign Rodrigo De Paul from Udinese – any lower offer will see him remain in Italy.
Romano drops De Paul update
Leeds have been linked with a move for the Argentine since last summer, but he remains with Udinese.
Transfer expert Romano was asked by Give Me Sport how the Whites could acquire the 26-year-old. He first said that Leeds “won’t spend like €35m to €40 million” for such a player, and then added:
“De Paul is €40 million or nothing so I think it’s really really difficult.”
He was then further pressed, and was asked whether a loan would be possible. He said:
“No, no, no, no impossible. Udinese won’t sell him on loan.”
Price too high
It is certainly easy to see why Leeds would be interested in de Paul. According to Noel Whelan, he is “marked” by Marcelo Bielsa, and the latter is desperate to take him to Elland Road – as an Argentine himself, he will know all about his compatriot. With 2.5 key passes, 2.5 shots and 3.3 dribbles per game (Whoscored), the former Valencia man is someone who likes to make things happen.
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He has a respectable record at Udinese, scoring 28 goals and providing 28 assists in 163 matches, but at roughly £36m his price now seems out of the Yorkshire club’s range, per Romano.
In the summer, it may be a different matter, as it is clear Bielsa is a huge fan.
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