Former Leeds United player Noel Whelan believes the Whites will sign Rodrigo De Paul in the January transfer window, on the condition that he is “available for the right price”.
It was reported in Italy in the summer transfer window that Leeds had a bid rejected for Udinese’s De Paul and they had even held talks with the Argentine midfielder in that period. Whelan has now talked about why the former Valencia man could end up at Elland Road this month.
Can Leeds afford to sign De Paul?
De Paul could be wearing a Leeds shirt
Whelan was talking to Football Insider in a chat about the Argentine midfielder’s situation. He believes that Leeds will not lose interest in a player like De Paul and the pundit believes that if the Udinese man is available for the right price in the January window, he could well be wearing a Leeds United shirt by the end of the month.
He also feels that De Paul fits the bill for Leeds, especially considering how the Whites need more central midfielders.
The former player said:
“We would not lose interest in a player like that. Marcelo Bielsa is very, very picky about players that he wants. De Paul is a player that was looked at in the summer, that was wanted, that was marked by Marcelo Bielsa and if they can get him in, they will get him in.
“If he is available for the right price in this window he will be playing in a Leeds United shirt in January. We need more bodies in that central midfield area and I think he fits the bill perfectly. We keep talking about Mateusz Klich going off the boil, and while Shackleton is exceptionally talented he is still only young.”
De Paul has also been linked with a move to Juventus in recent weeks and Antonio Conte’s Inter are also looking at the Udinese man. Having said that, Udinese director Pierpaolo Marino has already confirmed that if De Paul will leave, he will only depart the Dacia Arena in the summer.
The Argentine is currently valued at £31.50m.
De Paul could be a great addition for Leeds
In the current Serie A season, De Paul has contributed to five goals in 14 appearances. Last season, the 26-year-old contributed to 13 goals in 34 appearances for his side (as per Transfermarkt).
This campaign, he has come up with the joint-third highest number of key passes per game in the entire Italian top flight, while completing more dribbles per game (3.4) than any other player in the division, per Whoscored. He has also won 1.2 tackles per game in the current campaign.
So clearly, De Paul is a very influential player and he would be a great addition to Bielsa’s side, providing quality both as a playmaker and in a defensive sense.
In other news, a Premier League forward has been tipped to move to Leeds – read more about it here.
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