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Leeds United: Reports reveal just how close Leeds were to signing Rodrigo de Paul

Leeds United: Reports reveal just how close Leeds were to signing Rodrigo de Paul -Leeds United Transfer Rumours

It is no secret that Victor Orta and Leeds United were very keen on signing Serie A midfielder Rodrigo De Paul in the summer. The move never came to fruition but the club still maintain an interest in the player. The latest update regarding his future, however, suggests that there might be stiff competition for the midfielder.

The latest reports on Rodrigo de Paul

Sport Witness report that Juventus were also linked and have been brought back into the picture in recent days. JuveLive bring the latest update as they say that despite interest from Turin it was Leeds United who were the ‘closest club’ to securing De Paul over the summer.

They state the club made a bid ‘close to’ €30m. This was turned down. Marcelo Bielsa’s side then moved on, clearly not keen to offer much more. However, Juventus are now rumoured to be ready to pay €35m.

Leeds should look to battle for the player

The 26-year-old looked to have shown that he wanted to move to Leeds in the summer following some of his social media activity, replying ‘yes’ with a fingers crossed emoji to a tweet about the links.

De Paul, who is valued at £27 million, scored seven goals and picked up six assists in 33 appearances (WhoScored) last season. He was a great attacking threat as he managed, on average, 2.5 shots, 2.3 key passes and 1.8 successful dribbles a game. De Paul also showed that he could help the team out defensively as he managed 1.8 tackles a game.

Across his career, the Argentinian has managed 36 goals and 38 assists (Transfermarkt) which emphasises the attacking threat he could bring to the side.

It could be a big blow for Leeds to hear that Juventus are planning a swoop for the midfielder in January. He could have brought a lot of quality to the Leeds midfield and added a bit of class that could be needed to make sure the club push for a mid-table finish.

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