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Leeds could sign another Augustin in Arnaud Kalimuendo

This summer could have looked mightily different for Leeds United if it wasn’t for Raphinha and Jack Harrison on a sunny afternoon in west London.

The dynamic flankers popped up with two vital goals on the final day of the Premier League season as Jesse Marsch’s side rescued themselves from relegation.

What has followed is prompt business in the window with Marc Roca penning terms this week, adding to Brenden Aaronson’s and Rasmus Kristensen’s signings.

However, Victor Orta is still pursuing a striker, knowing full well what happened last term. Raphinha could leave and with Patrick Bamford now in the ‘injury-prone’ bracket, they need additional bodies offensively.

One man they could sign is PSG striker Arnaud Kalimuendo with one reporter stating they’ve made an “official offer” to land the young starlet this summer. It’s thought a fee of €22m (£18.8m) will be enough to tempt the Ligue 1 giants into selling.

Described as “absolutely deadly” by talent scout Jacek Kulig, it’s clear to see that with 32 goals to his name at the age of just 20, he would be an effective presence up front for Leeds.

However, there are some worrying vibes when it comes to this deal, as it could well evoke memories of a certain Jean-Kevin Augustin.

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A legal trial is has played out over the Frenchman’s deal as Leeds acquired the player on loan in January 2020 and upon promotion were obligated to sign him permanently. They didn’t cough up what was meant to be an £18m fee which funnily enough, is a similar amount to what Orta will have to pay to land Kalimuendo.

We’re not suggesting for one moment that another trial will be demanded here but combine his fee with his nationality, his playing position and the way they’ve both come through the PSG academy, and there are some scary parallels.

That said, the youngster who was on loan at Lens last season does look far more cut out for life in the Premier League than Augustin.

He bagged 13 times in 2021/22 and if you believe FB Ref’s ‘similar players’ model, he is comparable to the likes of Luis Suarez and Canadian superstar Jonathan David.

Kalimuendo is clearly an exciting talent and one Leeds should definitely attempt to invest in this summer.

AND in other news, Marsch could secure the next £33m monster as Leeds eye “wonderful” 49-goal starlet…

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