Phil Hay has dropped an update on Leeds United’s pursuit of Charles De Ketelaere.
In a recent post on Twitter, The Athletic journalist revealed that, following recent reports of the Whites’ interest in a move for the Club Brugge KV forward, Victor Orta has now stepped up his interest in the 21-year-old ahead of a potential bid in the coming days.
Hay went on to state that, with Raphinha looking to be nearing a move to Arsenal, Leeds will subsequently be targeting the further addition of a new winger in order to replace the 25-year-old, with the club viewing the Belgium international as a forward rather than a wide attacker.
In his tweet, the journalist said: “Leeds United increasingly serious about Club Brugge’s Charles De Ketelaere, with Arsenal stepping up interest in Raphinha. Viewed as a forward. In the market for a winger too if Raphinha leaves.”
Considering just how exciting a prospect De Ketelaere undoubtedly is, the news that Leeds are stepping up their interest in a move for the 21-year-old, in addition to the Whites targeting the further signing of a winger to replace the outgoing Brazilian, is sure to have left the Elland Road faithful buzzing.
Indeed, over his 39 league outings in 2021/22, the £27m-rated forward highly impressed, bagging 14 goals, providing nine assists and creating 16 big chances, in addition to taking an average of 2.0 shots, making 1.8 key passes and completing 1.4 dribbles per fixture.
These metrics saw the £17k-per-week talent average a quite extraordinary SofaScore match rating of 7.25, ranking him as Alfred Schreuder’s fourth-best performer in the league and also as the 13th-best player in the division as a whole.
As such, it is clear for all to see exactly what De Ketelaere would add to Jesse Marsch’s current attacking arsenal at Elland Road, with the news that Orta is now serious in his interest in the €30m (£26m) forward sure to be extremely exciting for everyone involved with the club – not least the Whites’ 48-year-old manager.