Ben Jacobs has dropped an update on the future of reported Leeds United transfer target Arnaud Kalimuendo.
In a recent post on Twitter, the CBS journalist revealed that, despite previous reports claiming that Paris Saint-Germain would be willing to part with the centre-forward for a figure in the region of €25m (£21m) this summer, he has now been informed that the 20-year-old’s exit is no longer a given, as the France U21 international has highly impressed Christophe Galtier in pre-season.
Jacobs goes on to state that, while the Ligue 1 champions have recently secured the signing of Stade de Reims forward Hugo Ekitike on a season-long loan with an option to buy, Kalimuendo is doing all he can to convince the PSG manager that he is worthy of a place in the Les Parisiens first team squad ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.
In his tweet, the journalist said: “Leeds remain very interested in Arnaud Kalimuendo but a deal is not a given even with Hugo Ekitike’s arrival in Paris. Told Kalimuendo has impressed Galtier. He’s in the squad for the Japan pre-season tour and doing all he can to stay in Paris.”
Considering the fact it was previously reported that Victor Orta had all but been given the green light to seal a deal for Kalimuendo this summer, Jacobs’ latest update is sure to be news that will have left the Whites’ director of football fuming.
Indeed, it is not difficult to understand why the Spaniard is keen on a deal to bring the 20-year-old to Elland Road ahead of the upcoming Premier League campaign, as Kalimuendo is quite clearly an extremely exciting prospect.
Over the course of his 60 Ligue 1 appearances while on a two-year loan with RC Lens, the £16.2m-rated forward highly impressed, scoring 19 goals, registering five assists and creating six big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 1.5 shots, making 0.6 key passes and completing 0.85 dribbles per game.
These returns played a huge role in Les Sang et Or securing back-to-back seventh place finishes in the Ligue 1 table, a quite extraordinary feat for a club who were only promoted to the top tier of French football after finishing second in Ligue 2 back in 2019/20.
As such, when taking into account his age, prolific nature in the final third and extremely reasonable asking price, it would very much appear as if Kalimuendo would make something of a perfect addition to Jesse Marsch’s attacking options this summer – leading us to believe that the latest twist in Orta’s pursuit of the 20-year-old is sure to have come as a gutting blow to all involved with the Whites.