Leeds United are still in the hunt for Rodrigo De Paul, a year after failing to take the midfielder away from Udinese.
Andrea Radrizzani had earlier confirmed the Whites “thought about” signing the 26-year-old, and Marcelo Bielsa’s side could be provided with another opportunity to acquire his services this summer.
De Paul was in tears after his side’s final league game of the season against Inter Milan on Sunday.
According to Milan Live, the player’s ‘farewell seems close’ this summer, and his tears ‘seem to leave no doubt’.
Inter, AC Milan, Juventus and Napoli are the Serie A sides chasing the Argentine. Focusing on the Rossoneri, it’s claimed they have followed the South American for some time and Hakan Çalhanoğlu’s farewell could facilitate his arrival.
However, Milan could struggle to meet Udinese’s request of close to €40m. The report then warns the suitors in Italy [and Atlético Madrid] they must ‘pay attention’ to Leeds United, who have ‘followed’ De Paul.
That’s about the only information provided by Milan Live regarding Leeds’ effort to sign their long-term target.
Meanwhile, Udinese technical director Pierpaolo Marino has expressed his side’s desire to retain the player next season.
“De Paul is a very famous player and who is on everyone’s mouth right now. Our club has the will and the strength to be able to retain him, but if an undeniable offer were to be made for him, then we could absolutely not hold him back by force,” Marino told DAZN, as quoted by Milan Live.
De Paul finished the 2020/21 season with nine goals and 10 assists in 36 league matches.