Speaking to TuttoMercatoWeb, Leeds’ Head of European recruitment, Gabriel Ruiz, has set the record straight on the Whites’ reported interest in Rodrigo De Paul this summer.
Leeds were strongly linked with a move for De Paul, and while we had no official confirmation from anyone within the club that this was the case, it certainly seemed as though the Argentine was one player United were targeting.
Ruiz has now confirmed that there was some contact between Leeds and De Paul but in the end, the Yorkshire outfit decided to look into other options.
“There was actually some contact. We talked about it, but then we decided to focus on other options,” Ruiz said.
Ruiz’s comments are very interesting, and it seems as though Leeds were never that strongly in for De Paul afterall.
Leeds ended up opting against signing the Argentine, looking into other options, which we can only assume were Michael Cuisance and Raphinha as De Paul can play in midfield or on the wing.
There has been recent speculation about Leeds going back in for the Argentine in January, but Ruiz’s comments make it seem as though that isn’t the most likely scenario.
However, with Udinese sitting in the relegation zone in Serie A, the Whites may be tempted to have another look at the 26-year-old in the future as he could be available for a cut-price fee if his club are relegated this term.