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Leeds “pushing hard” to sign Charles De Ketelaere

Leeds may well see the likes of Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha head through the exit door of Elland Road but they have actually enjoyed a successful summer so far.

Brenden Aaronson, Rasmus Kristensen and Marc Roca have all signed but there is further business potentially on the horizon.

What’s the word?

Leeds are currently working hard to identify replacements for Raphinha but Victor Orta does have a few aces up his sleeve.

Talks are believed to be in play for Cody Gakpo but according to one journalist in Italy, they are now “pushing hard” to sign Charles De Ketelaere from Club Brugge in a deal that could be worth £34.5m.

The reporter Tweeted: “Leeds are pushing hard for De Ketelaere to replace Raphinha: ongoing talks with the player’s agent.

“Club Brugge ask around €40m to let him go. No progress for the attacking midfielder on AC Milan side.”

Leeds’ new jewel?

If Orta can secure a move for De Ketelaere this summer it could be one of his biggest statements in the transfer window yet.

Do Leeds need Charles De Ketelaere?

YES!

YES!

NO!

NO!

At the age of 21, the Belgian attacker is a genuine wonderkid and has been tipped as the heir to Kevin De Bruyne in the Red Devils’ number 10 spot.

If he lives up to that tag, he will become quite the player, someone who is capable of dominating Premier League defences with some magical offensive play.

Described as a “jewel” by talent scout Jacek Kulig, he is also renowned for his “superb technique” and “intelligent movement” that makes him a nightmare for the opposition.

That was seen last term as the youngster scored a whopping 18 goals and picked up ten assists in all competitions for Club Brugge, tallies that would have seen him top the charts in each metric at Elland Road.

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Raphinha will be a tough player to replace with his 11 goals – the most of any Leeds player – but De Ketelaere seems like he’d be able to do so.

Like the Brazilian, he can play out wide but he’s also an almighty presence in the middle, having played as a centre-forward and as a second striker throughout his career to date.

Jesse Marsch clearly needs more goals in his forward line and by signing the Belgian sensation, his team could explode next season; he is that good.

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