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Leeds now eyeing Arnaud Kalimuendo

Leeds United have turned their attention to a new forward…

What’s the word?

According to CBS Sports journalist Ben Jacobs, the Yorkshire outfit are now eyeing a move for Paris Saint-Germain attacker Arnaud Kalimuendo as a move for Charles De Ketelaere seems unlikely.

The Club Brugge sensation is instead closing in on a move to AC Milan and it is thought that the Whites have now submitted an enquiry for the former Lens loanee, though they are facing competition from other Premier League and European teams.

“Told Leeds, Newcastle, Ajax and Atalanta have all made enquiries to PSG about Arnaud Kalimuendo. Jesse Marsch wants a striker but that won’t be Charles De Ketelaere, who is getting nearer to a Milan move,” the reporter tweeted.

He added:

“Kalimuendo would be a bargain at around £20 million. PSG open to a sale despite impressive loan with Lens. He’s technically gifted and always seems to find space.”

Forget De Ketelaere

Jesse Marsch can forget about signing De Ketelaere by launching a move for Kalimuendo in the coming weeks, but the club will need to act fast given the coveted interest in his signature.

It is easy to see why so many clubs would be keen on signing the 20-year-old striker.

During a two-year loan spell at Ligue 1 side RC Lens, the France U21 international found the net 21 times and provided a further six assists across 65 appearances, as per Transfermarkt.

Should Leeds sign Kalimuendo for £20m?

YES!

YES!

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The £16.2m-rated machine has received plenty of praise for his potential and already-established ability.

“Kalimuendo is a modern forward, his incisive speed, decision-making, intelligence, and technical ability are all of the highest level,” claimed Get France Football News’ Cameron Smith, before later adding: “His ceiling is sky high and, in 2022, Arnaud Kalimuendo will only get better.”

Meanwhile, FBref name the likes of Jonathan David, ex-Liverpool goal machine Luis Suarez and Neal Maupay as ‘similar players’ based on Kalimuendo’s statistical profile.

Last season, he averaged 2.51 shots per 90 and scored 0.34 goals for every shot on target, also via FBref. De Ketelaere, by comparison, managed 0.1 fewer shots per 90.

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He is currently the club-record signing...

Kalimuendo has been described as “absolutely deadly” and “very prolific” in front of goal by scout Jacek Kulig, which only bolsters the reasoning over why Leeds should make their move.

For £20m, it seems like director of football Victor Orta could land his manager an absolute bargain this off-season. Leeds must make their move before it’s too late.

AND in other news, Orta plotting Leeds bid for “extraordinary” £20m target, imagine him & Kalimuendo

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