By George Overhill

20th Jul, 2022 | 10:40am

Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch delivers transfer update on Charles De Ketelaere

Leeds United have moved onto other striker targets but have still not given up on Charles De Ketelaere, manager Jesse Marsch says.

The Whites have made an offer of €37million for the Belgian talent [Gazetta dello Sport], but remain on the outside looking in as he hopes for a move to AC Milan.

Despite the Club Brugge forward making plain he prefers the Serie A option United have stuck to their task and the manager confirms that he is even still an option, with the club currently in search of a striker and a left-back before the transfer market closes.

The American said, via the Yorkshire Evening Post: “The striker one, I think it’s been well documented that De Ketelaere was a goal of ours and it’s not finished yet with him.

“But we’ve also moved on to some other targets trying to figure out which would be the best fit if in the end, which is what we believe, he will not be available.”

On the search for a new full-back after starter Junior Firpo was ruled out with injury he added: “I’d say we’re actively pursuing both positions,”

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“[At] left-back, we have a few different candidates and we’re just trying to evaluate exactly where we are with the roster and what exactly we need.”

Busy

Victor Orta must know something that most others don’t if the club are still pursuing De Ketelaere after so long left hanging.

The Whites are sat in the same position Chelsea were in the protracted Raphinha saga, with the larger offer on the table but with the player apparently unmoved.

If the Italian champions are unable to finally get a deal over the line with his Belgian employers then perhaps Leeds can pick up the pieces, but the 21-year-old has appeared unimpressed by a move to Elland Road so far so whether he is ready to give up Champions League football remains to be seen.

The likes of Paris Saint-Germain striker Arnaud Kalimuendo and Rennes’ Martin Terrier have since emerged as options although neither deal looks to be close to completion.

The chase for left-back help feels belated after Firpo’s struggles in his first year at the club, but with him ruled out it is only Leif Davis as a specialist at the position and although Marsch is giving him a chance in preseason it feels like the club aren’t sold on him.

PSG’s Layvin Kurzawa has apparently been offered to the club [Media Foot Marseille] and could represent a short-term bridge, but he has hardly played in a year so that may also be a risk.

Business has been plentiful this summer but it is drawing close to the start of the new season so time is of the essence for the final deals to get done.

In other Leeds United news, another reported Whites target has admitted that he is a big fan of Jesse Marsch.