By Saikat Mandal

27th Jul, 2022 | 11:40am

Leeds United may have received big boost to sign Charles De Ketelaere

Leeds United may have received a big boost to sign Belgian attacker Charles De Ketelaere, after AC Milan failed to strike a deal, yet again.

Milan failed in their attempt to lure the 21-year-old forward, and they made yet another attempt to sign him on Tuesday (26 July), as reported by Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla.

The Serie A giants met with Brugge in Lugano to discuss the deal. The Rossoneri stated their desire to sign the player, saying they could include a guaranteed percentage of a possible future sale.

However, their revised offer of £26m is still way short of the player’s valuation. It’s well known that De Ketelaere wants to join Milan and play in the Champions League, but Brugge are showing no inclination as to why they would lower their asking price.

The news will come as a welcome boost for Leeds.

The Whites have made De Ketelaere their first-choice striker this summer, and they are willing to meet Brugge’s asking price. If Milan fail in their attempt, they will jump in quickly.

AC Milan are a massive European club, and they can offer European football to De Ketelaere, something the Whites would fail to do so.

The final decision now rests with Brugge, but at least Leeds have a faint hope here.

According to Simon Jones of The Daily Mail (26 July), Victor Orta is keen to land the striker, as he feels the Whites need another striker to avoid last season’s debacle.

Jesse Marsch wants the striker, too, but he feels the squad is choc-a-bloc with attacking talents, and that he can tweak the system a bit to solve the goalscoring issue.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites have submitted a fresh bid to sign their first-choice target this summer as a Champions League club has pulled out of the deal.