Match or march on
Leeds’ long-standing interest in Udinese attacking midfielder Rodrigo De Paul could face an unsatisfactory conclusion.
This comes with Marino, sporting director at Udinese, having spoken out to confirm that Leeds have so far failed to match their valuation:
Udinese sport director Marino: “De Paul to Leeds? They’ve not matched €35m price tag at the moment… so I hope he can stay. Okaka is not joining Fenerbahçe, this one is a fake news. There’s no chance”. ⚪️ #LUFC #Fenerbahce #transfers
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 22, 2020
Marino was also recently on record confidently speaking about the Argentine’s future at the Stadio Friuli: ‘De Paul is in love with Udine and Udinese, so unless the chance of a lifetime comes along and the club receives the right offer for his true value, I would not be surprised to see him stay.’
Leeds have scored 7 goals in their opening two matches in the Premier League. A pulsating 4-3 loss at Anfield was followed up by the same scoreline in the Whites’ favour against Fulham.
Marcelo Bielsa will therefore of course hope that, if De Paul is to join, the goals will continue to flow. However, an emphasis on defending may need further exploration.
Llorente the man
With the club’s issues at the back in mind, Leeds have reportedly moved for Real Sociedad’s Diego Llorente.
Leeds are closing in on a £23m deal to sign Spain defender Diego Llorente from Real Sociedad, Goal can confirm 🤝 pic.twitter.com/pkVP3QVdCV
— Goal (@goal) September 22, 2020
The Spaniard moved to the Basque country from Real Madrid. Although highly thought of at the Bernabeu, the route to consistent first-team opportunities was congested.
And Sociedad now look set to more than triple the approximate £6 million investment which they forked out for the Spaniard in 2017.
Leeds of course previously hoped to secure loan star Ben White’s signature on a permanent basis from Brighton, but, after three rejected bids, conceded defeat.
White went on to speak of his ‘disappointment’ at the transfer failing to develop, but nevertheless signed a new contract with Brighton earlier this month.
This article was edited by Conor Laird.