Leeds will need £35.8m to sign talented midfielder this summer

Andrea Radrizzani and Victor Orta

Just when you thought everything had calmed down at Elland Road, pulses are racing once again.

The signing of Rodrigo from Valencia was a landmark moment for Leeds.

This was a club who hadn't broken their transfer record for 20 years casually splashing out £30m on a Spain international.

If you thought that kind of transfer would have been possible a year ago after Leeds bottled promotion, you'd have been told to lay off the drink.

However, after finally securing their place in the promised land once again, Victor Orta and Andrea Radrizzani mean business.

Following the lowkey arrivals of players like Joe Gelhardt and Cody Drameh came the mega-money purchase.

Of course, Robin Koch has also arrived in a bid to replace the departing Ben White but Leeds have some other hefty targets in mind.

Robin Koch

On Sunday it was revealed by The Telegraph that Leeds were interested in signing Udinese attacking midfielder Rodrigo de Paul. 

It was later suggested by reputable journalist Fabrizio Romano that the Italian club valued him at around €30m to €35m.

Since then there has been an update on Leeds' pursuit of the Argentina international.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sport Witness), Udinese want €40m (£35.8m) for the diminutive 26-year-old and will settle for nothing less. 

It's a fee that's been described as something of a warning sign by the publication. 

Leeds are now also facing competition from Juventus and Napoli to sign the fluid midfielder this summer. 

Rodrigo de Paul at Udinese

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

Down at Elland Road you will sometimes hear the name Samu Saiz muttered around the terraces.

The Spaniard left Leeds behind last summer in rather bizarre circumstances. He had been one of the team's primary creators but didn't want to stick around.

He registered 11 assists in two seasons for the Whites, also scoring five goals in the process. Capable of playing through the middle or on the wing, he was a crafty and canny operator.

However, despite his strange outgoing, Leeds haven't really been able to replace his abilities. 

Yes, Pablo Hernandez and Mateusz Klich are both creative in their own right but they aren't quite as nimble as the 5 foot 9 midfielder.

Rodrigo de Paul in action for Argentina

Fortunately, De Paul could bring that back to Yorkshire. 

He stands at just 5 foot 10 and is blessed with similar qualities. ESPN labelled the midfielder as a confident dribbler with good touch and vision when he was at Valencia. That bares resemblance to Saiz who when at Leeds, conjured up 1.9 key passes and tallied 2.4 dribbles per match in his first campaign. 

Saiz was never completely competent in front of goal, though, which is where De Paul outmuscles him.

ESPN claim he is a "powerful shooter" and in racking up seven goals last term, it's clear to see some goalkeepers have been left wanting by De Paul. 

Even at a club-record fee, the 26-year-old would be a great addition.

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