By Craig Scott

16th Jun, 2022 | 4:10pm

Leeds United: Kalimuendo crunch talks with PSG scheduled as £18.8m reveal emerges

Leeds United have tabled an “official” bid to sign Paris Saint-Germain forward Arnaud Kalimuendo, according to Foot Mercato journalist Santi Aouna.

Writing via his personal Twitter account on Thursday (16 June), the French journalist reported that PSG want £18.8million for the 20-year-old ace, who’s spent the last two seasons on loan at Lens.

Independent journalist Miguel Delaney reported earlier on Thursday that Leeds’ opening offer is worth £17.1million and that PSG want a buy-back clause in any agreement they strike with the Whites.

Foot Mercato added on their website that after ending his loan stay at Lens, Kalimuendo wants to ensure that he keeps on playing regularly, which may not be the case if he stays at PSG.

It is understood that the France Under-21 international’s representatives are scheduled in for talks with the PSG board in the coming weeks.

Crunch talks

You can see why Kalimuendo might want to quit PSG.

He’s enjoyed a taste of what it’s like to play regular senior football in the last two seasons with Lens and now it seems he wants to sever his ties with PSG to be a full-time player elsewhere.

It’s a clever move by the youngster, who only turned 20 earlier this year and still scored 12 goals in 32 Ligue 1 appearances for Lens in the 2021/22 season.

He’s a forward who can play as a striker or on the left-wing so he’d be a handy addition for Leeds.

However, the big issue here is that PSG reportedly want a buy-back clause and that could really hurt us in the future if Kalimuendo does take off in West Yorkshire and his value rises massively.

Of course, Leeds can negotiate a high buy-back clause so that if PSG do want Kalimuendo back, they’ll have to pay top-dollar.

But it would best if that’s taken off the table. It might mean that a higher up front fee is needed this summer.

And if Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips are sold, one thing Leeds won’t be short on this summer will be cash.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites have verbally agreed a deal for a Spanish club to make a windfall due to a 20 per cent transfer clause.