Leeds United: Arnaud Kalimuendo to hold new talks with PSG this week over future
Arnaud Kalimuendo is set to hold talks with Paris Saint-Germain this week over his future, with Leeds waiting to hear if he will be allowed to leave.
That’s according to Le Parisien [August 1], who say the Whites are in the race for his signature alongside Ligue 1 clubs Rennes and Nice.
Leeds have already tabled a £17m bid for the striker which was rejected, with PSG holding out for around £21m. However new manager Christophe Galtier has been impressed by him during pre-season and wants to keep him.
Club chief Luis Campos is keen to sell him to generate funds, and the player wants to play regularly and knows that is unlikely with Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe ahead of him.
Talks will be held this week to find a solution that suits all parties, which could see Leeds land their target ahead of the start of the Premier League season.
The summer window has been a whirlwind for Leeds so far, with plenty of business done and most of it done relatively quickly especially on the incomings side of things.
However this is a deal that is rumbling on and there isn’t much that Victor Orta, Jesse Marsch and Leeds can do about it.
Kalimuendo is said to be open to the move and would compete with Patrick Bamford for the striker position, having scored 12 Ligue 1 goals last season while on loan at Lens.
At 20-years-old there is plenty of space for development and improvement over the course of a contract, and the player will fit in well with the club’s model of signing young players to develop them and re-sell them for a profit.
An answer is needed soon so the club can ensure they’re fully prepared for the new season and to avoid battling against relegation once again after their narrow escape last year.
In other Leeds news, the Whites could ramp up their pursuits for this £34m man before the season starts