Leeds United are reportedly set to hold talks over a possible deal for Noa Lang as they bid to strengthen Marcelo Bielsa’s side for the start of next season.
The Whites have enjoyed a solid first campaign back in the Premier League after a 16-year absence. They have won countless plaudits, while Tuesday’s win at Southampton extended their run to just one loss in 10 games. Indeed, Tuesday’s success at St Mary’s has guaranteed a top-half finish for the Yorkshire side.
However, plans are afoot for their summer recruitment as they bid to push even higher up the Premier League next season.
And it seems the signing of Club Brugge winger Lang is one of their immediate priorities.
The 21-year-old, who is on loan in Belgium from Ajax, is coming to the end of his first season of regular football. He has scored 16 goals and assisted 11 others this season from 37 appearances.
That form has caught Leeds’ attention – and it seems they are now ready to make their move.
Indeed, according to Football Insider, Leeds officials will hold talks with Brugge over a deal for the Holland U21 winger. The Belgian club have already secured his £6m capture from Ajax, having an option to buy on his loan.
But it seems they are ready to cash in for an immediate profit on Lang, amid claims of Leeds’ interest.
Previous reports have claimed that Leeds are willing to pay €20million (£17million) to sign him.
According to GVA, though, Brugge want over €25million (£21.5million) for his signature. Indeed, that figure would see Brugge earn more than the fee Villa paid for Wesley in 2019.
That though would fit into their budget as they seek to bring in more competition for Jack Harrison and Raphinha.
Lang set for transfer talks
Brugge head coach Philippe Clement said recently: “Not long ago I had a chat with Lang. Then I told him one thing: don’t think about your future until after the season.
“And he has confirmed to me that that is his plan too. Noa himself says that it is the first time in his career that he plays so many matches in one season, and that in short succession.
“That’s why he needs all his energy on the field now. First play champion with the team, then think: I think that’s a very mature attitude for such a young guy.”