It was clear that the Brazilian posed a much tougher challenge to replace, as Marc Roca and Tyler Adams were early signings that were expected to shoulder the burden left by their midfield maestro.
Whilst Luis Sinisterra did sign for £21m, there was an ongoing saga throughout the summer that suggested that the Whites might swoop for Charles De Ketelaere.
In the end, the Belgian opted to make a £27m move to AC Milan.
However, since then the 21-year-old has been decidedly unimpressive for the Italian heavyweights.
Will Leeds live to regret the Charles De Ketelaere transfer?
With just one assist and no goals in his first 14 games, he is currently costing them £27m for every goal contribution at the moment.
What seemed like a huge transfer miss at the time, after he had scored 14 and assisted seven in 33 Jupiler Pro League games last season, his start to this campaign suggests that maybe they got away with one.