By George Overhill

3rd Aug, 2022 | 8:40am

Leeds United signing Arnaud Kalimuendo is very possible despite Christophe Galtier view

Leeds United still have a good chance of signing Paris Saint-Germain striker Arnaud Kalimuendo, according to CBS journalist Ben Jacobs.

The Whites have had an offer of €20million lodged with the French giants for some time now, but the 20-year-old’s preseason performances have made their new coach reluctant to part with him.

Christophe Galtier would like to keep the young Parisian, despite already having an embarrassment of riches in the attacking department at the Parc des Princes, but influential advisor Luis Campos looks like having the final say.

Jacobs confirmed as much in response to a question on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday evening (2 August), writing: “Kalimuendo very possible despite Galtier really liking him. Campos is happy to sell for the right price. Be a very good signing if Leeds can pull it off.”

The Whites are looking to add an extra option up front after missing out on top target Charles De Ketelaere from Club Brugge.

Kalimuendo has impressed in recent weeks but the club have already added Hugo Ekitike this summer, to the headline front three of Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi and Neymar.

Battle

This is encouraging news because it felt like the chances of United wrapping up a deal were starting to subside.

There is competition for his signature, but the fact that Leeds have been in contact for weeks now should show they are serious.

Considering the current offer is only about half of what they were willing to pay for De Ketelaere, despite him wanting to go to AC Milan all along, there is surely scope for them to up the offer to PSG slightly in order to get a deal over the line.

The Ligue 1 champions clearly have too many players to hand adequate game time to this season and, despite it being the top choice of both player and coach for him to stay, the former Lens loanee looks to have the strongest market of the possible departures.

The likes of Mauro Icardi are still there no doubt claiming hefty wages, so should a taker come in for the Argentine the situation could change.

But it has felt all along that without something drastic happening the picture would become clear once proper fixtures started and a move would be the most likely outcome.

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