Leeds United have turned their attention to a new forward…
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.