Leeds could now land 'unreal' CDK alternative for less than £10m, he's been compared to Mahrez - TBR View
Leeds United appear to have lost out in the race to sign Charles De Ketelaere.
The Whites have been involved in a transfer saga involving the Belgium ace and AC Milan for weeks now.
Though De Ketelaere appeared to favour a move to the Rossoneri, Leeds always remained in contention.
But now, 90Min has reported that the Elland Road side’s hopes of landing the 21-year-old have taken a huge blow.
Apparently, Milan have agreed a deal to sign De Ketelaere from Club Brugge.
The Serie A side will reportedly be paying an initial €31m (£26m) with €4m (£3.4m) in add-ons for De Ketelaere.
He is now waiting to undergo a medical before being unveiled as a Milan player, added the report.
Bad news, albeit maybe not too unexpected, but there could be a silver lining at the end of this saga.
Milan were reportedly also eyeing Hakim Ziyech, who has fallen out of favour at Chelsea.
Now, Tuttosport – via Milan News – claims the Rossoneri have put a move for the Morocco international on standby.
This is because they reportedly see Ziyech as an alternative to De Ketelaere.
And if they land the Belgian, then it looks as though they wouldn’t need the Blues ace any more.
Leeds to swoop for Ziyech as Milan drop out of contention?
This would open the door for Leeds to try their luck for a player they had reportedly set their sights on earlier this summer.
CBS journalist Ben Jacobs told The Football Terrace in June that sources close to Elland Road had informed him Victor Orta viewed Ziyech as a viable target.
Better still for Leeds, Chelsea are reportedly willing to sell the 29-year-old for just £8.4million (Daily Mail).
Ziyech may have been struggling at Stamford Bridge, but he’s an “unreal” player with plenty of experience who’d no doubt bolster Jesse Marsch’s ranks.
In January this year, Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville lauded the Chelsea ace following his goalscoring display in a 2-0 win over Spurs.
“I gave him man-of-the-match, I just thought he did really well,” Neville said on his podcast.
“He’s up against real opposition within his own squad.
“But he does have that sort of Mahrez feel about him, with the little bit of dip on the left foot. It’s a lovely left foot as well.
“He puts good delivery into the box on set pieces and it was brilliant, brilliant goal.”
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