Leeds United offering more than £25.7m for Charles De Ketelaere - Fabrizio Romano
Leeds are offering more than £25.7m for Club Brugges forward Charles De Ketelaere, according to reliable journalist Fabrizio Romano.
The club are embroiled in a battle with Serie A champions AC Milan for the 21-year-old forward, as they look to bolster their squad after narrowly avoiding relegation from the Premier League in the 21/22 season.
While Milan have made an opening offer of €20m (£17.1m), Romano has shared that Leeds have also tabled a bid for the Belgian that totals more than €30m (£25.7m) including add-ons.
Reports in the UK have stated that Leeds deem his £35m asking price as “too expensive”, but the club are still trying to get a deal done at a price that suits both parties.
Leeds are so busy right now, it’s amazing to see if you’re a fan of the club after the nightmare of last season.
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Luis Sinisterra is on his way to replace Raphinha, who looks destined to leave, and Tyler Adams is set to join to replace Kalvin Phillips, but the club know that those signings simply won’t be enough on their own.
The arrival of De Ketelaere is likely to be far more of a big deal, with the 21-year-old seen as a marquee signing after he scored 18 goals last season in the Belgian top flight.
He will help to ease the burden on Patrick Bamford in attack, while also helping to supplement the creativity that will be lost in the side.
New signings need time to bed in and adapt to the system, so Jesse Marsch will want the business to be done ASAP to give him the best chance. But offers going in is a positive move and fans should be delighted by the way the club has behaved during the window so far.
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