Fabrizio Romano told Leeds United want three more signings, De Ketelaere and Gakpo mentioned
Leeds United want to sign three more new players and they “love” attacker targets Cody Gakpo and Charles De Ketelaere, according to Fabrizio Romano.
While appearing on Que Golazo on Wednesday (29 June), the Guardian journalist reported that once Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips are sold, Leeds will reinvest money into the squad by doubling the number of signings they’ve already made this summer.
It is understood that Red Bull Salzburg’s Mohamed Camara is on Leeds’ radar but Romano suggests that the top targets at Elland Road are PSV attacker Gakpo, 23, and Club Brugge forward De Ketelaere, 21.
Speaking on Que Golazo, Romano said: “From what I’m told, they will invest in three players now. They’ve already signed three players and they want to sign three more players after selling Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips.
“They will re-invest a big part of the money they’re receiving.
“I think it’s a very good and smart strategy.
“They want to restart with new talents. They’ve already signed three and they’re going to continue in the coming days.
“Let’s see what happens with Camara but for example, a player they love is Cody Gakpo from PSV. He’s a very good winger. [Another] player they love is De Ketelaere from Brugge, who’s on a similar list [to Gakpo].
“Leeds will be pretty busy in the coming weeks.”
Leeds are not done yet and it wouldn’t shock us if Victor Orta signed more than three more players.
Brenden Aaronson and Rasmus Kristensen have both already joined the Whites from Red Bull Salzburg while Marc Roca is the newest addition at Elland Road after arriving from Bayern Munich.
Leeds are yet to do anything to bolster their Under-23s squad, which we expect them to do this summer because it’s something Orta seems to do in every single transfer window.
On top of the three already here and any Under-23s signings, Leeds will need replacements for Manchester City-bound Kalvin Phillips and Chelsea-bound Raphinha.
Leeds could also do with a new back-up goalkeeper, a left-back and a striker.
We need to see more than just three more signings for this squad to be up to scratch – especially when the club’s two best players are being offloaded.
Leeds’ squad has lacked balance in the last few seasons because Marcelo Bielsa had things fine-tuned to just the way that he wanted.
However, Bielsa isn’t here anymore and Jesse Marsch needs whatever he can get to be stand a good chance of surviving the drop next term and finishing way higher up the table.
Getting De Ketelaere and Gakpo in would be massive but it would be tough too as both play at clubs where Champions League football and silverware are almost guaranteed every season.
In other Leeds United news, this Leeds player has arrived in a European city to undergo a medical before leaving Elland Road permanently.