Leeds United are indeed interested in Club Brugge attacking midfielder Charles De Ketelaere…
That’s according to the ever-reliable Phil Hay of The Athletic, who delivered a fresh claim to supporters on Twitter, revealing the club’s interest in the Belgium international.
“Leeds United are very much in the running for Charles De Ketelaere and want to make it happen, despite AC Milan‘s interest. Leicester City too. He’s become hot property,” he tweeted alongside an accompanying article.
It remains to be seen how much the 21-year-old would command and if the Jupiler Pro League outfit are open to selling. Transfermarkt currently value De Ketelaere at £27m.
Just as Hay claims, the Club Brugge sensation is hot property across Europe, so if the Yorkshire giants were able to secure his signature, then it would be something of a coup for the club.
The Belgian star is capable of playing in a multitude of positions, all whilst still being able of delivering goals and assists. Last season, for example, De Ketelaere was deployed in seven different roles and produced 18 goals and ten assists across 49 appearances, via Transfermarkt.
Although, as per Belgian journalist Sven Claes via The Athletic, his best role may be as a no. 8 or no. 10.
“He is actually an infiltrating No 8 or No 10, but rarely plays in this position,” he said, before later adding: “He is already really phenomenal in handling the ball. His decisions under pressure are often very impressive. He also knows how to use his body well in duels despite not being a block of concrete, and has unexpected movements.”
Leeds have lacked this sort of presence in attacking midfield for quite some time, failing to replace Samu Saiz and then Pablo Hernandez. The arrival of Brenden Aaronson takes a big step in resolving this but adding De Ketelaere too would certainly make Jesse Marsch’s men a real force to be reckoned with.
His playing style has earned plenty of comparisons to Kevin De Bruyne, his fellow countryman and a multiple Premier League winner.
“De Ketelaere’s style is reminiscent of De Bruyne. He is intelligent and possesses great vision and a superb passing range. His dribbling is similar to De Bruyne’s too. Eventually, he should take his place for Belgium,” De Krant van West-Vlaanderen journalist Frans Buyse told BBC Sport.
Also dubbed a “complete” midfielder by legendary Club Brugge midfielder Gert Verheyen, supporters around Elland Road should be hugely excited by these links to the 21-year-old gem, especially coming from one of the most reliable sources in the game.