Leeds United aim to sign Arnaud Kalimuendo from PSG before they face Southampton
Leeds United manager Jesse Marsch wants Arnaud Kalimuendo signed from Paris Saint-Germain next week, according to The Sun.
The Whites are still chasing another striker before the window closes, and having missed out on Charles De Ketelaere, the young Frenchman from Ligue 1 looks like the prime candidate.
The situation at the Parc des Princes has been made very clear, that Luis Campos outranks coach Christophe Galtier, and the former’s plan to sell Kalimuendo trumps the latter’s wish to keep him.
The 20-year-old, who has scored 21 times over the past two seasons on loan at Lens, is reportedly set to cost £22million, and according to the Sun report, Marsch wants a deal wrapped up in the coming week for the forward to compete with Patrick Bamford.
United recorded a comeback victory over Wolves in their first game of the season on Saturday (6 August), winning 2-1 with Rodrigo and an own goal doing the damage.
They face Southampton in their next match on 13 August, so if a deal can be completed within the desired timeframe he could be available to feature in that game.
It wasn’t necessarily the attack that looked like the weakness at Elland Road against Wolves, and the fact that Bamford got through it unscathed was encouraging.
He looked a yard short of a few attacks during the game, but provided a telling contribution with a wonderful cross that Rayan ait-Nouri turned into his own net.
Joe Gelhardt featured late on, but both had their issues with fitness last season, particularly the senior man, so the squad would look stronger with another option.
Kalimuendo has impressed in the preseason with the French champions, but there simply appears not to be space for him their thanks to their embarrassment of attacking riches.
Campos looks to be hell-bent on bringing in even more competition, despite having a talented youngster on his hands, but that is to Leeds’ gain if they can complete a deal.
It has been in the offing for weeks now, but it finally looks like the pressure is going to be put on in order to complete a move within a matter of days, and if that does happen it would be a major boost.
It should also give them time to reassess the situation at left-back, which looks to be the biggest weakness right now.
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