By Daniel Feliciano

28th May, 2022 | 3:10pm

Leeds United willing to gazump AC Milan in bid for Noa Lang

Leeds United are ahead of AC Milan in the race for £21.2m winger Noa Lang this summer, with a willingness to offer higher wages according to Calciomercato.

The Whites have long been linked with a move for the Ajax academy graduate, who moved to Club Brugge on an initial loan move in 2020 and has since scored 26 goals in 85 appearances.

But he is now seen as a ‘priority’ target for Serie A champions Milan, but they are behind both Leeds and West Ham in the race for his signature as the Premier League clubs are willing to pay more in wages.

According to a report [May 28], Brugge will demand €25m (£21.2m) to let the player leave the club and his wage demands sit at a modest €2.5m (£2.1m) per year, but both English sides are willing to pay him €3m (£2.5m) to get the deal over the line.

Despite that a move to Milan is the player’s priority and there is a meeting scheduled for next week between Brugge and the Italians to see if they can move closer to closing a deal.

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In an era where money isn’t hard to come by in football, especially in the Premier League, £21m for a player of the talent and quality that Lang possesses is an absolute bargain.

Brugge paid just £5.1m to secure his services two years ago and he has come on leaps and bounds since then, but they aren’t asking for a crazy amount for him.

With that said, it’s also absolutely no surprise that the player’s preference is a move to AC Milan who have just managed to win the title for the first time in a decade and will be in the Champions League once again next year.

But if they can’t get a deal done then Leeds are in a great position to be able to swoop in, and he would be a near perfect replacement for the seemingly outgoing Raphinha on the wing.

Great pace, directness and an eye for goal, Leeds may have to go big on him but it would be a worthwhile decision to get in a talent that was described as ‘incredible’ by FT Talent Scout a little over a year ago.

In other Leeds news, Raphinha’s dad has commented on his transfer rumours