Report: Leeds prepared to pay £34.5m for Charles De Ketelaere
Leeds United are prepared to pay £34.5 million to sign Charles De Ketelaere, but it is Leicester City who are confident about signing the Belgian this summer, according to a report from 90min.
Leeds fans are patiently awaiting the kind of deals that will make up for the expected losses of both Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha. And De Ketelaere is one of the names on the radar.
The 21-year-old enjoyed an outstanding season with Club Bruges, scoring 18 goals and providing 10 assists. His form helped his side lift the league title.
Mail Plus reported earlier this month that Leeds are ready to make a £26 million bid for the forward. But they face competition.
AC Milan also want the youngster. Meanwhile, 90min reports that the Foxes also have De Ketelaere on their radar.
Leeds are willing to make a club-record bid to meet Club Bruges’ asking price of €40 million. However, Leicester are confident that they will be the ones to win the race to sign the forward.
Leeds prepared to pay £34.5m for De Ketelaere
Leeds fans will be very disappointed to miss out on De Ketelaere, particularly if he ends up moving elsewhere in the Premier League.
He looks to have an incredibly bright future ahead. He is already in the Belgium set-up. And he can play in a number of positions in attacking areas, which would potentially make him an ideal addition for Jesse Marsch’s side.
Obviously, they may struggle if he has his heart set on Leicester and the Foxes meet his asking price. But the Whites fans will want Victor Orta to show some real intent if they are going to miss out.
Signing someone such as De Ketelaere will lift the mood around Elland Road considerably. So if Leeds are going to miss out, the club need to have something special up their sleeve.