De Paul to Leeds in danger of collapse / Llorente in ‘advanced talks’

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:

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.

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.

SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN – JANUARY 14: Luis Suarez of FC Barcelona competes for the ball with Diego Llorente (L) and Asier Illarramendi of Real Sociedad de Futbol during the La Liga match between Real Sociedad and FC Barcelona at Anoeta stadium on January 14, 2018 in San Sebastian, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

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.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.