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Leeds United: Sporting director opens up on Rodrigo de Paul interest

Leeds United: Sporting director opens up on Rodrigo de Paul interest - Leeds United

Former Bari sporting director Stefano Antonelli has claimed that Udinese were keen on selling Rodrigo de Paul to Leeds United during the European transfer window.

Spending just under £100m during the transfer window, Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa was also linked with a move for De Paul but nothing materialised before Monday’s deadline passed.

With interest in the Argentine midfielder emerging over the last month, Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Graham Smyth opened up about the potential of a bid, claiming that such interest had been used as a ‘smokescreen’ by the Elland Road outfit as they looked at other targets.

That being said, Viola News claimed the interest was ‘genuine’ with the Udinese midfielder’s agent reportedly waiting for the nod from the English club.

Udinese happy to sell £27m-valued De Paul to Leeds

De Paul, who netted seven goals and supplied six assists in Serie A last term, is valued at £27m by Transfermarkt. It has now been claimed by Antonelli that Udinese were happy to sell the midfielder to Leeds if the right price was agreed.

Antonelli is quoted as telling Italian outlet Tutto Mercato (via Inside Futbol): “I have been working there for 21 years with continuity and I know the Pozzo family, they have always been a selling club.

“If they had the right offer they would have sold him because they know cycles end.

“They know De Paul’s cycle is over, but an offer never arrived.”

After missing out on a potential deal for De Paul, Bielsa is now reportedly keen to bring in young Norwich midfielder Todd Cantwell with personal terms said to have been agreed prior to next Friday’s closure of the domestic transfer window.

No De Paul, no problem

A move for De Paul would certainly have handed Bielsa an additional attacking threat, but having spent substantially during the transfer window, a big-money move for the Udinese man could have been frivolous.

Indeed, Cantwell may be a better option, considering he performed well at Carrow Road last season despite Norwich’s relegation.

Leeds have been in good form so far this season and Bielsa will not want to change too much at present with things going so well.

Do you think De Paul would have been a good signing for Leeds? Let us know in the comments section below…

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