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Leeds: Noa Lang has been a long-term target

Leeds United could make their move for Noa Lang this summer…

What’s the word?

That’s according to transfer insider Dean Jones, who revealed that the Club Brugge hotshot has been a long-term target for the Elland Road hierarchy.

He told GIVEMESPORT:

“We know that they’ve been looking at some other really exciting names. Noa Lang is a long-term target, somebody that they definitely like. Gakpo is definitely admired and somebody that they’ve had on their list.”

It’s believed that the Dutch winger would cost in excess of €30m (£25m), as per Belgian outlet Het Laatste Nieuws (via Sport Witness).

Raphinha 2.0

Indeed, Lang has regularly been linked with a switch to west Yorkshire and this off-season could be the ideal time for Leeds to make their move.

Raphinha, who has now been left out of their pre-season tour of Australia, appears to be edging ever closer to an exit. Fabrizio Romano claims the Yorkshire giants are “in talks” over his exit, with Barcelona and Premier League rivals Chelsea battling it out for his signature.

Leeds have already taken steps to fill the inevitable void left behind by signing Feyenoord star Luis Sinisterra for £25m but his primary position throughout his career has been on the left, rather than the right, though he is versatile to play on either side.

Who would you rather sign to replace Raphinha?

Gakpo

Gakpo

Lang

Lang

Other

Other

That said, a more scattergun approach to trying to replace him could pay off, so it would make sense to launch an offence for Lang, who could well become the next Raphinha around Elland Road.

The 23-year-old, who stands at 5 foot 10, continued his impressive form in the Jupiler Pro League as Club Brugge clinched the title last season – as per Transfermarkt, he registered seven goals and 14 assists, taking his total for the club to 26 goals and 26 assists in 85 appearances.

Formerly of the Ajax academy, the five-time Dutch international has been lauded for his exploits regularly.

Belgian sports journalist Peter Vandenbempt has lauded Lang as a “phenomenon“, whilst scout Jacek Kulig has described him as being “unstoppable” at times.

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FBref compare his style to that of Jadon Sancho and Adama Traore, both of whom are in the Premier League, so perhaps he would need little time to settle in based on their experiences.

Lang also ranks in the top 2% of his positional peers across Europe for progressive passes (6.18 per 90) and the top 10% for dribbles completed (2.56 per 90), which is an encouraging sign and one that only adds to the possibility of him replacing Raphinha on the right flank – his natural position, too.

As Jones suggests, he could well be an exciting arrival for Leeds, should director of football Victor Orta pursue his signature before the September 1st deadline.

AND in other news, Orta could seal dream Rodrigo heir with Leeds bid for “highly-rated” 44-goal sensation

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