By Mark Smith

25th Jun, 2022 | 5:10pm

Leeds United push for major Charles De Ketelaere transfer as player entourage makes contact

Leeds United have been informed by the entourage of Club Brugge star Charles De Ketelaere that he does not want a move to Elland Road, according to Alexandre Braeckman.

The RTL Sport journalist has reported that the Whites are still pushing for the blockbuster new transfer with Raphinha seemingly on the way out this summer alongside Kalvin Phillips.

It is shared that the track is getting very cold on De Ketelaere with a move looking unlikely as things stand, although anything can change in the world of football.

Writing on his personal Twitter account, Braeckman shared the latest developments as contact was initiated between the two parties already.

“Update: Charles De Ketelaere’s entourage have let Leeds know they are not interested in joining the club despite their interest,” he wrote.

“Leeds are still pushing, but the track is getting colder very quickly.”

Pushing.

If anyone could turn this around, it would be Victor Orta.

We all saw the image of the Spaniard supposedly boarding a plane to Belgium, so he may have already made his famous presentation to the potential new arrival.

If that wasn’t enough, Orta will likely have something up his sleeve to try and persuade the Belgian superstar, tipped by many to be the next Kevin De Bruyne.

De Ketelaere has tasted Champions League football with Brugges and is playing regularly for his country, so he will likely need persuading that this isn’t a step down after Leeds survived by the skin of their teeth last season.

European football is the goal at Elland Road, but you need to secure it in the next year or two in order to prove to these kinds of targets that we are moving in the right direction.

There could be many more twists and turns to come in this one, but as things stand, it looks as though we are going to have to look elsewhere this summer for attacking reinforcements.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites now want to sign this striker with a rival set to kickstart a major £30million+ transfer battle