Arnaut Kalimuendo rejects Leeds United as offer made, he's set to join Rennes
Leeds United have made an offer to sign Paris Saint-Germain forward Arnaut Kalimuendo but the Frenchman has rejected a move to Elland Road, according to 90min.
The news outlet reported on Wednesday (10 August) that Kalimuendo, 20, has turned down a move from Elland Road in favour of staying in Ligue 1 and joining Rennes.
It is understood that Leeds were hopeful of signing the France Under-21 international for £21million and he was initially keen on a move to West Yorkshire.
However, 90min claim Kalimuendo has now decided he wants to stay in France with Rennes offering him “good terms on a five-year contract”.
Didn’t want him anyway
Okay, we admit that isn’t quite true.
Kalimuendo is one of the top young prospects in French football after tearing up Ligue 1 last season while on loan with Lens.
The France Under-21 international is capable of playing on the left-wing but he’s mainly seen as a striker and Rennes have done very well to beat Leeds to his signature.
Maybe Kalimuendo isn’t as big a fan of fish and chips as Raphinha was.
Leeds need to step up their efforts to sign a new striker.
It feels as though it’s been left until this point because Victor Orta and Jesse Marsch won’t be too upset if they fail to add some competition for Patrick Bamford in the attack.
But that would be ridiculous.
Bamford missed almost all of last season and that led to us being in a relegation battle, surviving the drop on the final day of the campaign.
Kalimuendo going to Rennes is a blow.
But Orta should have a list of names and the next one on that list could be the one.
In other Leeds United news, deadline-busting deals have been predicted for the Whites as two new arrivals are mooted.