Leeds United are continuing to show their ambition in the transfer market by targeting a move for Rodrigo De Paul, according to multiple sources.
Rodrigo Moreno and Robin Koch have arrived at Elland Road over the weekend, as Leeds prepare for their return to the Premier League.
Now, they have turned their attention to another high-profile player. According to Mike McGrath of the Telegraph, transfer expert Fabrizio Romano and Phil Hay of The Athletic, Leeds are strongly considering a move for Rodrigo De Paul.
De Paul has been a consistent performer for Udinese over the past four seasons, becoming their vice-captain. However, he could call time on his spell in Serie A this summer.
Reports earlier in the summer suggested he was a target for Arsenal. Juventus, AC Milan and Napoli all also wanted to give him the next step in Italy.
However, De Paul’s final destination could in fact be Leeds. If he was to move to Elland Road, he would get to work under compatriot Marcelo Bielsa.
De Paul can play as either a winger or more centrally in midfield, which fits the type of player Leeds are still looking for.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) August 30, 2020
Udinese want over €30m for De Paul
Leeds would have to spend big again after breaking their transfer record on another Rodrigo recently. De Paul would cost around £35m, as he is still under contract for four years.
The 26-year-old has 17 caps for Argentina to his name, but is considering a fresh challenge after years of hovering above the relegation zone with Udinese.
De Paul has 25 goals and 25 assists to his name from 146 appearances for Udinese. He provided seven goals and six assists from 35 games last season.
Leeds had been pushing to sign Ryan Kent from Rangers to fill the attacking midfield role. However, they have not made a second bid, suggesting they have turned their attention to the more experienced De Paul.