Leeds United were repeatedly linked with Rodrigo De Paul throughout much of the last transfer window, and there seemed genuine interest from the Premier League club.
Udinese were said to want €40m for the Argentine, and weren’t in the mood to give out big discounts. It was felt that with the 26-year-old continuing to impress there wouldn’t be a big danger of his value collapsing over the current season.
Juventus were also linked and have been brought back into the picture in recent days. JuveLive covers the story, and 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 Whites made an offer ‘close to’ €30m, and it simply wasn’t enough to convince Udinese to sell their star. Marcelo Bielsa’s side then moved on, clearly not keen to offer much more.
Now Juventus are rumoured to be ready to pay €35m, and JuveLive, perhaps with some bias, believe that would be enough. Udinese are currently struggling, 16th in Serie A, and selling their star in January obviously wouldn’t go down very well.
It’s likely a situation for Leeds and Victor Orta to keep an eye, with a repeat swoop possible next summer should De Paul stay where he is.