It has been a fine season for Belgian winger Anthony Limbombe. The Club Brugge star has cemented his place in his club’s starting XI, been one of the better players in the Belgian top-flight and even made his debut for the Belgium national team.
Now, an exciting summer appears to be in the offing. Limbombe could be on his way to the World Cup in Russia whilst he will also be the subject of plenty of interest. At least, that is, according to Het Laatste Nieuws.
They report this week that teams from across Europe are keen on the player, including two Premier League teams. Huddersfield and Southampton are said to be interested in the player’s services this summer. French side Lyon are also said keen whilst Limbombe favours a move to the Bundesliga.
The Sun has since reported that the talented wideman will cost up to £13 million, an incredible increase in value from when Brugge signed the player. It is also a valuation which will leave a bitter taste in the mouth of Leeds United fans.
Back in 2015 Leeds had earmarked Limbombe as the man to improve their wide areas. The Yorkshire Evening Post reported that Leeds made a £1.5 million bid to bring the Belgian from NEC Nijmegen that summer.
Unfortunately for Leeds, the bid was rejected and they signed Jordan Botaka instead. The YEP reported that Leeds continued to monitor his progress that season, but Limbombe joined Brugge instead. Leeds brought in Hadi Sacko as an alternative. It is fair to say neither Botaka or Sacko have had the impact Limbombe has at Club Brugge.
Limbombe has played 36 times for Brugge this season. He has scored six times and has been a phenom in the wide positions for Brugge, also bagging six assists.
Leeds United did not sign many players of note during the Massimo Cellino but it seems they were barking up the right tree when it came to Limbombe.
Missing out on his signature is now looking like a big blow for Leeds, who could have had a £13m-worthy winger in their first-team. Based on the performances of their wide options now, that would have been a massive boost to the club.