Leeds in the race to sign rising star of Serie A

Ruslan Malinovski

This has been an unprecedented period of time for Leeds United. 

Back in the Premier League for the first time in 16 years, they secured their first top-flight victory since April 2004. 

On top of that, they also broke their transfer record to acquire Rodrigo. That was something that hadn't happened at Elland Road for two decades. 

It's clear to see why United supporters are so happy right now.

Although they lost against Liverpool on the opening weekend, they fought back and defeated Fulham 4-3 on Saturday. 

It wasn't pretty defensively, but they were bullish and showed tremendous attacking attributes. 

Remarkably, Marcelo Bielsa even has Patrick Bamford firing. He had scored just once in the Premier League before last weekend, but he's doubled that tally in the space of two weeks. There really are plenty of reason to be positive right now .

Patrick Bamford

One disappointment had been their lack of progress in a deal to sign Rodrigo De Paul from Udinese.

They wanted a fee of £37m for his services and unsurprisingly, Andrea Radrizzani hasn't been too forthcoming with the finances.

Thus, Leeds have entered the market for a different midfielder. Coincidentally, they also play in Serie A.

Acocrding to The Telegraph, Leeds are interested in signing Ruslan Malinovski from Atalanta. 

A fee of £20m could tempt the Italian outfit to sell the Malinovski, a player who was impressive during their remarkable Champions League run last season. 

The 27-year-old is still a large sum but would be significantly cheaper than De Paul.

Malinovski

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

If Leeds are looking for De Paul alternatives this summer they'd find few better players than Malinovski.

They possess similar attributes and were equally impressive in Italy last season.

The Ukranian netted nine goals in all competitions while creating seven assists for his teammates. If you compare that to De Paul, he racked up also assisted seven but falls short of Malinovski by two goals.

Based on that evidence, it's remarkable to think that Malinovski isn't the more expensive player.

Malinovski

He is more clinical than the Argentine and that's evidenced by how many shots per game they registed.

Via WhoScored, Leeds' new target took 2.3 shots per game compared to De Paul's 2.5 efforts at goal a match. 

Little separates them but with Leeds unwilling to pay such a large fee for their initial target, they can't go wrong with Malinovski at all. 

He is an absolute magician in forward areas.

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