After Leeds United were promoted in the summer of 2020, it was expected the Yorkshire giants would make some big moves. While some transfers in the summer raised eyebrows, others made total sense. One transfer that was heavily linked but never took place, though, was the signing of Udinese midfield dynamo Rodrigo De Paul. The Argentine, who has previously played for Racing Club in Argentina and Valencia in Spain, is rated among the best midfield creators in the whole of the Italian Serie A.
With heavy links to clubs including Juventus and Internazionale, though, it was seen as a long shot for Leeds to complete the deal. And even with a fee estimated to be as high as €40m, the club is still keen to press on and buy a very interesting midfield player. Known for being able to carry the ball up the pitch and get his teammates involved, De Paul is also a solid goalscorer and is known for adding a mix of combative energy and flair to the team.
Without doubt, he could be one of the most interesting midfielders to come to England in some time. Boasting a unique skill set and the versatility to play in more than one position, De Paul has all of the capability that one might expect of a modern midfielder. He has the touch, the vision, the set piece ability, and the engine to get around the pitch. In fact, few would be able to boast the same blend of skills, balance, and ingenuity that the Argentine international provides. Is he, though, the right choice for a Leeds time looking to stay up with some comfort?
Leeds ready to do business, face strong competition
Though Leeds have done everything possible to keep coach Marcelo Bielsa happy, this signing could be a step too far in some ways. And while the club seems happy to do the deal and pay the fee, it comes down to the other offers. La Liga clubs and Serie A clubs who are playing in the UEFA Champions League want to buy-in on the midfielder. Even with their current pace of progress, can Leeds realistically offer European football in the coming years? It would be impossible to promise.
And with De Paul on the market for arguably the fairest price since he hit form for Udinese, they might find it too hard to convince other clubs not to take action. European giants are being linked on a regular basis to the creator, who could easily fit in with a modern attacking team in England. However, with so much competition, it might be one step too far to convince the player to ignore the other options out there.
With other teams able to offer the chance to fight for titles and to play in Europe now, it would be impossible for Leeds to offer the same kind of deal. Should the player be keen, though, Leeds look more than willing to do the deal.