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Report: Player sold by Leeds now worth £9m, wanted by one of world’s biggest clubs

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Report: Player sold by Leeds now worth £9m, wanted by one of world’s biggest clubs

A player that Leeds United sold last summer is now being linked with one of the biggest clubs in the world.

The Whites signed Caleb Ekuban in the summer of 2017 but the striker endured an injury-hit first season at Elland Road, resulting in just 20 league appearances.

Leeds then loaned the Ghana international to Trabzonspor in the summer of 2018, before selling him to the Turkish side in a permanent deal for £900,000 last July, as reported by Sabah.

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Since leaving Elland Road, however, Ekuban has gone from strength to strength, registering eight goals and six assists in 25 appearances in all competitions this season.

His exploits have helped Trabzonspor remain in contention for the Super Lig title, currently sitting top of the table on 53 points, level with Istanbul Basaksehir.

The 26-year-old, was linked with Rangers in January, according to Fotospor, who also quoted a £9million value – ten times what Leeds reportedly sold him for.

Now, according to Fanatik, Milan are on the lookout for a new forward and they have turned to Turkey in an attempt to land a bargain, with Ekuban said to be on their radar.

 

AC Milan have won 18 Serie A titles and seven European Cups amongst other trophies, but have been a shadow of their former selves in the past few years.

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Sometimes, a player who gets offloaded by a club after a fruitless stint ends up going from strength to strength elsewhere, and it does prompt some to over-analyse exactly what went wrong at the first club.

The simple fact is, Ekuban was not fancied by Marcelo Bielsa and would not have fitted into the tight-knit squad he wanted last term, with Patrick Bamford and Kemar Roofe in attack.

Sometimes it’s just not meant to be, and as things are, both parties – Ekuban and Leeds – are doing very well for themselves, so that’s that.

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