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Unsurprising factor at play as Leeds United revive battle to beat big guns to Noa Lang transfer

Noa Lang, Club Brugge v Gent February 2022

Leeds United have reportedly registered their interest in Club Brugge winger Noa Lang, but will only be able to sign him if they stay in the Premier League.

Lang has been on Leeds’ radar for a while as someone who can help take them to the next level. However, what level they will be playing at next season remains up for question. They are currently in a battle for Premier League survival.

Relegation would have serious implications for the club. They would likely lose star players such as Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips. What’s more, their pursuits of players they want to bring in could also be disrupted.

However, if Leeds manage to escape the drop zone, there could be different consequences. Jesse Marsch may see his squad strengthened for a smoother first full season in charge.

According to Football Insider, Leeds retain an interest in Club Brugge and Netherlands star Lang. They originally looked at him last summer before signing Dan James from Manchester United instead.

Now – perhaps with a potential exit of Raphinha in mind – it is being claimed that Leeds want Lang again. In fact, the report suggests contact has been made with Lang’s representatives.

From that, though, it has emerged that Lang wants to be playing at an elite level. He would not consider a drop down to the Championship.

Securing top-flight football for next season may give Leeds more of a chance. Even then, though, they are competing with established European sides like AC Milan for Lang’s services.

But Leeds would be willing to spend big if they remain a Premier League club in order to land Lang.

He has supposedly told Club Brugge he wants to leave them after his second season there. They will likely turn a profit on the reported £5.4m they parted with to take him from Ajax.

Whether Leeds will be the ones to give them a decent financial return depends on a few factors.

Other English clubs like Arsenal and West Ham – each of whom should have European football on offer – have also been linked with Lang in the recent past.

Noa Lang an ambitious link for Leeds

While they may have fancied their chances last summer, it seems Leeds may be punching above their weight in the battle for Lang this time around.

After a season with nine appearances and 14 goals for Club Brugge, including Champions League experience, he is becoming a big commodity.

It seems unlikely Leeds would be able to convince him to choose them, even if they remain in the Premier League.

But survival will prompt them to target a few important players to help their case for the years ahead. Lang would be an exciting one if they could manage to pull it off.

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