Tim Thornton has dropped an update on reported Leeds United transfer target Arnaud Kalimuendo.
In a recent interview with GIVEMESPORT, the Sky Sports reporter revealed that, following several reports linking Victor Orta with a €25m (£21m) move for the Paris Saint-Germain centre-forward in recent weeks, the 20-year-old is indeed a target of the Whites this summer.
However, the journalist went on to state that, with a number of other clubs also believed to be interested in a deal for the France U21 international ahead of the 2022/23 campaign, the Spanish director of football will have his work cut out if he is to convince the striker of a move to Elland Road.
Regarding the Whites’ attacking transfer targets, Thornton said:
“Kalimuendo, for example, there are a lot of clubs that have been looking at him, but I know his name came up a few weeks ago. Leeds, they’ll look at a lot of different options, so I suspect they’ve asked the question but obviously they’ll face competition if they want to pursue it.”
Considering just how talented a prospect Kalimuendo has proven himself to be over the last couple of years, Thornton’s confirmation that the striker’s name is one on Orta’s shortlist of attacking targets this summer is sure to be news the Elland Road faithful will love.
Indeed, the £16.2m-rated forward highly impressed over his 28 Ligue 1 appearances during a loan spell with RC Lens back in 2020/21, scoring seven goals, providing five assists and creating three big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 1.2 shots, making 0.6 key passes and completing 0.9 dribbles per game.
The £6.6k-per-week talent once caught the eye over 32 Ligue 1 fixtures during a second stint with Franck Haise’s side last season, scoring 12 goals and creating three big chances for his teammates, in addition to taking an average of 1.8 shots, making 0.6 key passes and completing 0.8 dribbles per outing.
Furthermore, the PSG starlet has also impressed throughout the various French youth age groups, scoring one goal in three appearances for the U16s, bagging five goals over seven fixtures for the U17s, netting four goals over five outings for the U18s and notching four goals over 12 games for the U21s.
As such, with Kalimuendo quite clearly being an extremely clinical finisher in the final third – the like which Leeds, who scored just 42 Premier League goals in 2021/22, are in desperate need of ahead of the upcoming campaign – the news that Orta is keen on a move for the Frenchman this summer is undoubtedly incredibly exciting news for all involved with the Whites.