This has been an absolutely exhilarating year for Leeds United.
After gaining promotion to the Premier League for their first top-flight season in 16 years, they went and broke their transfer record.
They shelled out £30m on Rodrigo, a Spanish attacker who is now firmly hitting the ground running at Elland Road.
The start to the campaign rather summed things up, losing 4-3 and then tasting victory by the same scoreline.
However, their year could yet end with a bang if reports from the Daily Mail are to be believed.
According to the newspaper, Andrea Radrizzani is on the verge of selling another 15% of his stake to the San Francisco 49ers, bringing even more investment to Yorkshire.
It would increase the 49ers stake in the club and could see Leeds valued at around the £240m mark. Further money being ploughed into the football club is certainly no bad thing, especially ahead of a transfer window.
Although Marcelo Bielsa thinks the club are unlikely to buy anyone in January more money at Leeds could finally allow them to sign one of their long-term targets.
In the summer Leeds struggled to sign Rodrigo de Paul with his asking price at Udinese deemed too high by United’s officials.
However, as we know, there is still interest in the player according to Leeds Live journalist Beren Cross.
As a result, Victor Orta could well get his cheque book out and explore a deal for the Argentine once again. After all, the Spanish director of football is someone who is used to biding his time before making his move – you only need to look at the way they’d tracked Raphinha since his days in Portugal to realise that.
De Paul would be a superb signing too. Deemed a “powerful shooter”, he has scored three times this season and found the net on seven occasions last term – two fewer than Pablo Hernandez but at a higher level in Serie A.
Speaking after his failed move to Leeds last summer, the midfielder’s former manager Julio Velazquez noted: “He lacks absolutely nothing, he could play in any club in the world.”
If Leeds do indeed end up with enough money to bring him to England, they must secure a move.
It would be an outstanding start to the new relationship between Radrizzani and the 49ers.
AND in other news, Leeds ace who won 81.8% of his duels was an ABSOLUTE monster vs Newcastle…