Leeds United make Martin Terrier priority target, Rennes want £34m
Leeds are looking to sign Rennes forward Martin Terrier “as a priority”, but the Ligue 1 club want £34m to do business according to L’Equipe.
The Whites are looking to bolster their attacking lineup after the sale of Raphinha to Barcelona, which was finally completed last week for a club-record fee.
After initially targeting Charles De Ketelaere, but being knocked back by the player who wants to join AC Milan instead, they have now moved on to the 25-year-old instead.
West Ham are also in the race for the player who scored 21 league goals in 37 appearances in the 2021/22 season, behind only Kylian Mbappe and Wissam Ben Yedder in the scoring charts.
But Rennes won’t make it easy for the Premier League clubs, demanding at least £34m to let him leave. Leeds have a great relationship with Rennes, who they signed Raphinha from, but they deem Terrier officially not for sale unless a bid of £34m arrives.
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Leeds want to add goals to their team and despite already signing Luis Sinisterra to their squad to try and replace him, the goals of Terrier would also be a genuine quality addition.
One thing the team really struggled with last season was finding the back of the net, and with Patrick Bamford’s injury worries that makes it hard to guarantee an improvement.
Adding goals from areas outside of the central number nine position is a good way of balancing that and strengthening the squad too.
£34m is a big chunk of money, but with De Ketelaere it was more unproven talent and a gamble on the talent and quality of the player. Terrier seems to be more of a sure bet with top level experience, being described as “skilful” by Ligue 1’s official website.
Now the club must beat off competition for his signature, but the way the club have handled themselves in the market this summer should give fans confidence that this is a deal they can pull off.
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