Even though Leeds United have essentially surprised the footballing world by registering their interest in Paris Saint-Germain’s Julian Draxler, it’s actually a different player that might be closer to Elland Road at the moment.
Lately, there have been more than just whispers of Marcelo Bielsa chasing Udinese’s Rodrigo De Paul and it seems that the Argentine could indeed be heading to the Premier League.
Of course, provided that Juventus don’t decide to pull the trigger themselves, as was reported earlier as well. The creative midfielder is still waiting for the Turin squad to make up their mind and if they decide to go for him, it’s unlikely the Whites win the race in the end.
However, bringing him in would be an outstanding piece of business according to Paul Robinson. He talked exclusively with MOT Leeds News and discussed the playmaker’s potential arrival.
Here’s what he had to say on the matter: “Hernandez has still got time at Leeds left in him, but the way he plays and what Bielsa wants from that position, it’s important to bring someone else into the club.
“Rodrigo De Paul can play across all of the midfield positions but he’s capable of unlocking doors like Hernandez. He’s a clever player, he can see a pass going forward and it just shows you the level the club are at that they’re going for players like this.
“They’re not afraid to be paying £20m-£30m for these sorts of players. It shows that Leeds are back in the big time and I have no doubt that footballers like De Paul will come to Leeds because of Bielsa.”
Of course, eventually replacing Pablo Hernandez should definitely be at the very top of Bielsa’s priorities and with De Paul, he could get an almost perfect alternative.
Robinson believes this signing shows ambition and intent, and it really does feel that way.