Leeds United have made a move in their bid to bring Arnaud Kalimuendo to Elland Road this summer.
That’s according to a report by French outlet Media Foot, who claim that, following weeks of interest in the Paris Saint-Germain centre-forward, Victor Orta has now submitted an official €20m (£16.8m) offer for the 20-year-old.
The report goes on to state that this is the minimum figure Luis Campos would be willing to accept for the France U21 international, with the Portuguese director of football hoping to receive between €20m and €25m (£21m) for the striker.
Finally, it is said that Kalimuendo will be aware his path to regular first-team football at PSG is blocked by the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Pablo Sarabia and Hugo Ekitike – with Olympique Lyonnais, Stade Rennais and Inter Milan also thought to be happy to offer the attacker a route out of Le Parc des Princes this summer.
Considering the calibre of clubs interested in Kalimuendo this summer – with both Rennes and Inter being able to offer the forward European football next season – coupled with the abundance of ability the 20-year-old clearly possesses, the argument that landing the PSG starlet would be a coup for Leeds is an easy one to make.
Indeed, over the course of his two season-long loan spells at RC Lens in the last two campaigns, the £16.2m-rated forward has consistently proven that he is a player who knows where the back of the net is, scoring eight goals over 30 appearances in all competitions back in 2020/21, as well as bagging 13 over 35 fixtures for Franck Haise’s side last time out.
Furthermore, the £6.5k-per-week attacker who Jacek Kulig dubbed “deadly” has also posted incredibly impressive numbers throughout the various youth age groups with the French national team, scoring one in three for the U16s, five in seven for the U17s, four in five for the U18s and four in 12 for the U21s.
As such, it is clear to see that the addition of Kalimuendo to a side who scored just 42 Premier League goals last season – the joint fifth-worst record in the top flight – would be a very welcome one indeed, especially considering that the only player to break double figures in league goals last season, Raphinha, has departed Elland Road this summer.
So, taking into account his clinical nature in the final third, his exponential potential for future development and the fact that Inter, Rennes and Lyon are all interested in his services, it is evident that the signing of the French starlet would not only represent a coup for Orta, but also an extremely exciting one for the future of the club.