By Craig Scott

24th Jan, 2022 | 3:39pm

Leeds United in pursuit of Noa Lang as Club Brugge 'farewell tour' begins

Club Brugge forward Noa Lang has shelved interest from Leeds United as he seeks a big move away from Belgium, according to De Standaard.

The Belgian newspaper reported via their print edition on 24 January [page 20] that Lang, 22, wants to leave Brugge to join a team in one of Europe’s top-five leagues.

It is understood that Leeds are in the “waiting room” when it comes to Lang deciding his next move with the Netherlands international more interested in joining a club that can challenge for silverware. Arsenal, for some reason, are mentioned as the minimum level for Lang.

De Standaard adds that it’s a “foregone conclusion” that Lang will quit Brugge in 2022 to join a major European league and his “farewell tour” started on Saturday when his side’s new manager Alfred Schreuder played him as a left wing-back.

One for the summer?

It’ll take a lot for Leeds to convince Lang that they can win silverware with him and even play in European football. However, the Whites can show themselves to be a great stepping stone of a team.

We don’t want to sign players who just see us as a platform to move onto greater things but we need to realise where the club is at right now.

Raphinha left Rennes, who were playing in the Champions League, to join Leeds and now he’s being linked with top clubs across the Premier League and Europe.

Lang should see himself in a similar boat to Raphinha, except he’s not even been able to play in a top European league on a regular basis.

The Dutch forward is versatile and ticks a lot of boxes for what Marcelo Bielsa wants in forward players.

Leeds could do with a new striker in the summer and Lang can play in that role, as well as out wide and, as mentioned, at wing-back.

On 27 October, 2021, Voetbal Belgie reported that Brugge want £33.5milion for Lang and based on his record in front of goal, you can see why.

In this season, he’s scored eight goals and supplied 11 assists in 31 appearances across all competitions. Last term, he scored 17 times and supplied 11 assists in 38 games.

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