By Mark Smith

15th Jun, 2022 | 8:40am

Leeds United still want to sign Nicolas Raskin, exit could be done in weeks

Leeds United still want to sign Standard Liege midfielder Nicolas Raskin this summer, according to DH Net.

The online source have reported on their website that the Whites are set to be challenged by Lille, Genk and Club Brugge for the signing of the 21-year-old.

It is suggested that an exit could be sealed within weeks, with Raskin set to enter the final year of his contract in the 2022-23 season at Standard Liege.

Standard do not want to lose Raskin though, so it will be expected that they go in with another contract offer in order to keep him around beyond the next season.

With Americans on the board, just as there are at Elland Road, it could make negotiations easier.

Leeds were strongly linked with Raskin back in the January window, with the Sunday Mirror even reporting on the 16th of that month that a £6million fee had been agreed.

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Marcelo Bielsa was said to have sanctioned a move for the Belgian sensation, and even with him gone, Jesse Marsch looks to have kept up that interest after meetings with Victor Orta.

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Raskin could be available in a cheap deal this summer, especially with his contract going into its final year.

Given that the Whites reportedly agreed a £6million deal back in January, that will certainly have fallen in the past six months and that could make this one a bargain.

Orta has a long shortlist, and he has done for years now and it doesn’t just disappear if he doesn’t get a deal over the line for that player at that time.

Only at 21-years-old, Raskin is still at the very beginning of his career and a move to the Premier League at this stage could see him blossom into his potential.

Signing players for the starting XI is key, but improving that depth is just as important at Elland Road, and if Marc Roca does arrive from Bayern Munich, Raskin would be behind him as well as Kalvin Phillips.

That is much better than having to arrive consistently on Mateusz Klich and Adam Forshaw, not that would be the worst thing in the world, there just comes a time for change.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are readying a new bid for a blockbuster striker signing according to Phil Hay after Premier League survival