Leeds United have made a significant breakthrough in their attempts to sign Valerenga starlet Kristoffer Klaesson this summer.
Reports in recent days from Football Insider had initially claimed that Marcelo Bielsa’s side were in advanced talks with Valerenga about bringing the 20-year-old goalkeeper to Elland Road.
They revealed that a Leeds source claimed: “Klaesson is now the top keeper target and discussions are progressing well over a potential deal. The Premier League outfit have offered a contract to the Valerenga number one and a deal is edging closer.”
And now, things have moved swiftly in the right direction.
Football Insider have now revealed that the Whites have had a £2m bid accepted for the shot-stopper, and that he is set to undergo a medical before putting the final touches to his move.
The report adds: “All parties are confident that the deal will be completed this week before the Norwegian youngster links up with his new teammates for the final segment of their pre-season campaign.”
While Klaesson is likely to find himself as Illan Meslier’s deputy next season, he could potentially grow behind the Frenchman as an eventual successor to the former Lorient man, especially if PSG come back in for him – it was recently claimed that Mauricio Pochettino’s side are keen on luring him back to France.
Getting some experience of English football over the coming year would stand Klaesson in good stead if that ever happens, and give Bielsa a bit of comfort knowing he’s got another rising goalkeeping star in his ranks who he can fall back on.
With Kiko Casilla having already completed his season-long loan move to Spanish side Elche, the Leeds boss desperately needed a new goalkeeper to come in ahead of the new Premier League campaign to provide some cover and competition for Meslier.
This latest development on Klaesson means Leeds have edged closer to getting that new ‘keeper, and Bielsa will be buzzing about that.
At just 20, Klaesson still has the world at his feet, and is a relative baby in goalkeeping terms. Spending the next few years under the manager of Bielsa should see him develop into a top-class star.