Leeds United have been long linked with both Fiorentina’s Erick Pulgar and Udinese skipper Rodrigo De Paul – and now Italian website TuttoMercatoWeb have claimed that the Yorkshire club have made a January decision on the midfield duo that makes complete and utter sense.
Pulgar, 27, has dropped out of the Fiorentina starting line-up of late but remains one of their most-important players – having had a hand in 15 goals from midfield during 41 games last season. A report from CalcioMercato stated that Leeds were ready to table an offer of £22.5million to sign the Chile international – a nation Marcelo Bielsa previously coached.
Meanwhile, De Paul was strongly linked in the summer and Victor Orta has even told the Yorkshire Evening Post that Leeds failed to meet Udinese’s lofty price tag. The Argentina international is being strongly linked with Inter Milan, Juventus and even Liverpool of late – but reports of the latter come from a dubious source. But Leeds have made a decision.
The report states that they will not be looking to sign either player this month – but will return in the summer to raid Udinese and Fiorentina for the pair. It is a decision that makes complete sense, mainly because both Fiorentina and Udinese will be reluctant to sell their players mid-season – and therefore will not negotiate their asking prices.
In the summer, that is much more likely. Come the end of the season, Leeds will have also hopefully staved off the threat of relegation – something which is still expected to happen even if Sky Sports continue to claim that the ‘Wheels are falling off’. With safety secured, Leeds will receive a nice big package to congratulate them from the TV companies.
That money will help them next summer and perhaps help them meet De Paul’s asking price – and have some left over for Pulgar. The duo could cost in the region of £60million and while every Leeds fans would love to see the South American stars in a white shirt this month – waiting until the summer to make their move is financially smart and makes utter sense.