Rodrigo De Paul would have been at the top of Marcelo Bielsa’s transfer shortlist this summer, claims former Leeds United midfielder David Norris.
Leeds have been heavily linked with a move for the 27-year-old, with Goal reporting on the Yorkshire club and Atletico Madrid’s interest at the start of the month.
It is the latter, though, who have seemingly come out on top. According to journalist Fabrizio Romano, the La Liga champions have struck a €35m (roughly £30m) deal with Udinese for De Paul.
It comes as a huge blow to Leeds, whose interest goes all the way back to the last summer transfer window.
Speaking exclusively to FFC about the Whites’ failed pursuit of De Paul, Norris said:
“It probably would have been in their top one or two targets, so when that doesn’t come off, it is always a little bit disappointing for the manager and obviously sometimes doesn’t look great from the outside in.”
Indeed, it certainly is disappointing for Bielsa given how long Leeds have been chasing De Paul.
As well as that, the Premier League outfit, of course, quite simply missed out on a quality player.