Report: 'Fantastic' player has just rejected Leeds move forcing Marsch to look elsewhere
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Report: 'Fantastic' player has just rejected Leeds move forcing Marsch to look elsewhere

Leeds United won’t be signing Charles de Ketelaere despite a long pursuit this summer, with AC Milan close to getting a deal over the line.

De Ketelaere had been one of Jesse Marsch’s main targets this summer. The Leeds boss was keen to bring in another goal scorer and saw the Belgian strike ace as the ideal addition. Indeed, it was only yesterday that reports claimed Leeds were still closer to signing De Ketelaere than any other player.

However, according to Sky Sports, De Ketelaere is now moments away from being a Milan player, with the Italian champions putting the final touches to a deal to sign the striker. It’s suggested Milan will pay around £30m for De Ketelaere, bringing an end Leeds’ pursuit.

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Interestingly, Leeds were said to be willing to offer more money than Milan but the lure of Champions League football and the obvious history of Milan has beaten off Victor Orta and his team this time.

It means Jesse Marsch must now focus on getting another new player over the line instead. The Leeds boss is unwilling to leave Patrick Bamford as his only senior number nine this season, after injury ruined his campaign last time out.

TBR’s View: Time For Leeds To Move On

It’s a shame to miss out on signing De Ketelaere but if anything, it at least gives Leeds some clarity in knowing they won’t be getting the deal done this window.

The chance to join AC Milan is not something many players will pass up so for Leeds, it was always going to be a tough one to do, this.

For now, the focus for Leeds must be on who is next. They’ll have targets drawn up so it’s just a case of getting one over the line and in time for the new season.

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