According to recent reports, Leeds United have been handed a major setback to their hopes of landing Rodrigo de Paul this summer.
Having been heavily linked with a move to Elland Road last year, Marcelo Bielsa’s interest in the Udinese midfielder is not thought to have subsided over the course of the season, with Leeds once again being touted as a potential destination for the 26-year-old this summer.
However, according to a recent report by Italian outlet CalcioMercato, Inter Milan have now joined the race for the £31,000-per-week Argentina international, something which could represent a huge blow in Victor Orta’s pursuit of the midfielder, as De Paul is reported to be extremely keen on a move to I Nerazzurri, with Inter’s ability to offer Champions League football said to be a major factor.
Should Leeds pay the £30.2m asking price of De Paul this summer?
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It is questionable whether Leeds are indeed still in the De Paul race, as Udinese are once again thought to be demanding a fee of around €35 million (£30.2 million) to part with the 26-year-old this summer, an amount of money which priced Bielsa’s side out a move last year.
Having said that, with a year of Premier League football very nearly behind them, something which is likely to have had a positive impact on the financial health of Leeds, perhaps the club would have been able to cough up for the midfielder this summer.
However, with Inter now having a seat at the table, in addition to Liverpool reportedly holding an interest, the demand for De Paul would appear rather more significant than 12 months ago.
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