By George Overhill

14th Jul, 2022 | 7:11pm

Leeds United intensify negotiations with Paris Saint-Germain over Arnaud Kalimuendo

Leeds United have “intensified” their efforts to sign Paris Saint-Germain striker Arnaud Kalimuendo in recent days, according to L’Equipe.

Talks are continuing based on a deal that would total €25million, with €22million up front and three bonuses included.

The Whites want help in the forward department and appear to now have moved on from top target Charles de Ketelaere, who continues to favour a move to Serie A champions AC Milan.

The Italians’ cross-city rivals Inter are also in talks with PSG for Kalimuendo and are a club who the player himself considers favourably.

Therefore while United may be pressing for an agreement with the French giants, they still need to convince the Frenchman personally to make a move to Elland Road.

Kalimuendo, 20, scored 13 league and cup goals in the 2021/22 season and would compete with Patrick Bamford and Joe Gelhardt up front if he arrives.

Pressure

This deal looks to be moving quite quickly having only become a priority in recent days, but while agreements between clubs can be reached it means nothing if the player isn’t also ready.

While a move for de Ketelaere looked like an uphill battle from the start after his camp apparently ruled out a move, there is so far not a similar message for Kalimuendo.

The club have done very well to attract players during this window considering they only just avoided relegation at the end of the past season.

But they still face the threat of Champions League clubs who can offer European football.

The signs so far are positive on this one and it is a definite benefit that the club are working at pace.

Despite losing two star men in Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha this window is still shaping up to be an encouraging one considering the number of areas they have managed to add bodies in.

Jesse Marsch now has a big job to bring them all together and implement his ideas in time to have them functioning as a unit.

With Bamford’s fitness still a worry and Gelhardt relatively inexperienced it would definitely help ahead of the new campaign to have some more goals injected, and the club are clearly putting in the work to make that happen.

In other Leeds United news, the Raphinha millions could be spent on a new target who is reportedly at the top of the list to replace him.