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Arsenal and Leeds' lucky £34m escape highlighted amid technical director's latest comments

Arsenal and Leeds' lucky £34m escape highlighted amid technical director's latest comments

It seems a long time ago now that the name of Charles de Ketelaere was doing the rounds for Leeds and Arsenal fans.

The Belgian striker was seen as one of the top prospects in Europe last summer. His goals for Club Brugge had fired them into the Champions League before he got a big move to Italian giants, AC Milan.

As we know, Arsenal were thought to be keen on signing De Ketelaere and reportedly scouted him before making a move for Gabriel Jesus.

Leeds, meanwhile, were said to be hugely keen on the striker. In the end, the Whites’ pursuit of De Ketelaere proved fruitless as he chose Milan.

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However, since that move to Serie A it seems Leeds and Arsenal have saved themselves £34m. That’s what Milan paid for the Belgian. But he’s had a nightmare. The striker has yet to score, and Paulo Maldini – technical director of Milan – has been speaking about the striker this weekend.

Cited by Fabrizio Romano, Maldini has stuck up for De Ketelaere, despite admitting he is in a difficult moment now.

“It’s not an easy moment for Charles de Ketelaere — here’s is different but he’s under contract for five years, not five months,” Maldini said.

“We trust him for the future, here at Milan is different for Charles and it takes time”.

Right now, though, it feels very much like Leeds and Arsenal got away with one here.

TBR’s View: Arsenal and Leeds get lucky

De Ketelaere might well come good at some point but no goals in 18 appearances and only a single assist paints a pretty bleak picture for the striker.

Sure enough, good times might be ahead. But when you look at Arsenal signing Gabriel Jesus and Leeds spending their money on high energy players to suit Jesse Marsch, it looks like a good thing they missed out on De Ketelaere right now.

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