Fabrizio Romano has delivered an update on Leeds’ pursuit of Noa Lang…
Romano has revealed that the Whites are in talks with Lang’s agent over a potential deal, although no official bid has been sent to the Belgian champions as of yet. The journalist said: “He’s a target, they are talking with his agents but there is no deal agreed or any officials bids yet with Club Brugge.”
Marcelo Bielsa must be buzzing with this news as it shows that a deal is progressing for the £19.8m-rated magician this summer. Leeds’ director of football Victor Orta may not have submitted a concrete offer as of yet, but reports that he is in talks with the player’s representatives suggests that the interest from Yorkshire is real and that they are planning to firm it up in the coming weeks.
Lang enjoyed a phenomenal 2020/21 campaign with Brugge in Belgium. The Dutchman produced 16 goals and seven assists in 26 league starts, whilst also scoring once in the Champions League for his club. He averaged an excellent WhoScored rating of 7.31, showing that he was consistently brilliant despite his young age. No Leeds player achieved a higher score than that in the Premier League, with Raphinha’s 7.22 the closest anybody came from Bielsa’ squad.
His current teammate Cyriel Dessers recently lauded the forward as a graceful footballer and said that he is not surprised by the interest in him, gushing: “He is absolutely ready for the Premier League. He was fantastic last season. Then it is logical that there is a next step. I would love to see him in the Champions League with Club Brugge, but he has shown that he is one of the best footballers in Belgium.
“He is a graceful footballer, but he also works very hard. I often sat on the bench, so I could keep an eye on him there. But the way he works, I didn’t know he had that in him. He has really taken a step. The interest does not come out of nowhere. I know how Leeds work.”
The winger, who has also been described as a “phenomenon” in Belgium, could be an excellent signing for Leeds and a player with whom Bielsa would love to work. At 22, he still has plenty of development left in him, and the Argentine could enjoy coaching him on the training pitch and helping him to replicate for Leeds the kind of numbers he has been managing in Brugge.