According to the Daily Mail’s Simon Jones, the Yorkshire outfit are battling it out with Serie A giants AC Milan for the signature of Club Brugge sensation Charles De Ketelaere and want a further three additions.
It’s thought that manager Jesse Marsch would like another midfielder, a new left-back and an experienced goalkeeper alongside Illan Meslier, with former Watford and West Brom shot-stopper Ben Foster believed to be a target.
These arrivals would take Leeds’ total to nine or ten new players at Elland Road, having already brought in RB Salzburg duo Brenden Aaronson and Rasmus Kristensen, Marc Roca from Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig midfielder Tyler Adams, Darko Gyabi from Manchester City and most recently, the €25m (£21m) acquisition of Luis Sinisterra from Feyenoord.
Talk about change. Leeds’ plans this summer have been a totally fresh approach to that witnessed under Marsch’s predecessor, Marcelo Bielsa, who would rarely add to the squad during the transfer window.
It’s evident that those around west Yorkshire are keen to avoid a repeat of last season, a tumultuous campaign that saw the Whites seal their Premier League safety on the final day, with a 2-1 win over Brentford.
Kalvin Phillips has since departed to champions Manchester City, whilst Raphinha is expected to follow him out of the exit door. The loss of the pair certainly makes the current squad weaker but Victor Orta and co have clearly taken great steps to fill their voids.
De Ketelaere would be quite the coup indeed, having earned comparisons to Kevin De Bruyne already in his short career to date. Last season, he delivered 18 goals and ten assists across 49 appearances, despite playing in as many as seven different roles, as per Transfermarkt.
Foster, meanwhile, would add some much-needed experience and a reliable alternative to Meslier.
Whilst left-back has been a difficult problem for Leeds in recent times as Junior Firpo has not stepped up as well as they would have liked following his switch from Barcelona last summer.
All in all, supporters around Elland Road will surely be buzzing by this latest update from the Mail. It should be a far more entertaining season than last year, given all these signings, so that should raise excitement at Leeds.
AND in other news, Marsch could seal a huge Firpo upgrade with Leeds offer for £3.6m-rated dynamo…