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.
However, there are some worrying vibes when it comes to this deal, as it could well evoke memories of a certain Jean-Kevin Augustin.
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.
Kalimuendo is clearly an exciting talent and one Leeds should definitely attempt to invest in this summer.