Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch has been speaking about the club’s transfer priorities and name checked Charles De Ketelaere as a potential signing.
The Whites have been busy this summer, bringing seven new players to Elland Road. They are Brenden Aaronson, Luis Sinisterra, Tyler Adams, Rasmus Kristensen, Marc Roca, Darko Gyabi and Sonny Perkins.
Adams and Roca will help to fill the void left by Kalvin Phillips’ transfer to Manchester City.
Aaronson and Sinisterra, meanwhile, will be looking to replace some of Raphinha’s goals after he left Leeds for Barcelona.
Marsch’s side have been heavily linked with Belgium forward De Ketelaere in recent weeks. According to Fabrizio Romano, Leeds have made a bid of more than £29.7million to sign him from Club Brugge.
However, De Ketelaere’s priority is to join reigning Serie A champions AC Milan. And Rossoneri officials are due to fly to Belgium today (Wednesday) to finalise a deal with Club Brugge.
The 21-year-old, who can operate as an attacking midfielder, right winger or centre-forward, has already agreed personal terms with Milan.
Due to this, they are in a strong position when it comes to signing him.
Jesse Marsch talks possible Leeds transfers
However, Marsch believes Leeds are still in the mix. During the club’s pre-season tour of the US, he was asked about more potential signings.
The coach revealed Leeds are hoping to land a new striker and left-back, while also name checking De Ketelaere.
“I’d say we’re actively pursuing both positions,” Marsch admitted (via the PA news agency).
“The striker one, I think it’s been well documented that De Ketelaere was a goal of ours and it’s not finished yet with him.
“But we’ve also moved on to some other targets, trying to figure out which would be the best fit if in the end, which is what we believe, he will not be available.
“Then left-back. We have a few different candidates and we’re just trying to evaluate exactly where we are with the roster and what exactly we need.”
It seems Leeds are beginning to scout alternative forwards if De Ketelaere ends up at the San Siro. While Marsch is yet to name any of them, one option is Paris Saint-Germain starlet Arnaud Kalimuendo.
The West Yorkshire outfit also need a new left-back, as Marsch states. This is due to Junior Firpo’s injury which will keep him on the sidelines for the start of the Premier League season.
Leeds have spent more than £94million this summer, as per Football Transfers, and they now look set to surpass the £100m mark.
They have brought in some exciting players so far and will surely improve on their 17th-placed finish from last season.
Meanwhile, Kristensen has been speaking about fellow new arrival Aaronson and the impact he can have on Leeds.