Liverpool, Man Utd join chase for Champions League star already watched by Man City

Date published: Monday 11th October 2021 8:56 - Jonny Whitfield

Charles de Ketelaere, Jackson Tchatchoua Charleroi v Club Brugge, September 2021

Liverpool and Manchester United have joined the growing list of clubs keeping tabs on Club Brugge attacker Charles De Ketelaere, a report has claimed.

The 20-year-old has turned heads following his rise through his side’s youth ranks into the first team. In fact, he has already made 84 outings, scoring 11 goals and assisting 13 others.

But while De Ketelaere has already had two full seasons in the first team, it is only now that he is attracting serious interest.

Manchester City are reportedly monitoring his progress ahead of their clash with Club Brugge in the Champions League next Tuesday.

According to Fichajes (via the Daily Express), though, Liverpool, Man Utd and Arsenal have now also joined the race.

The source says that the trio, as well as Leicester, have made it clear they have interest in De Ketelaere.

The centre-forward, who can also play a variety of other attacking positions, has scored four goals and assisted three others in 13 games this season.

But as well as attracting interest from elsewhere in Europe, he has also properly entered his country’s radar.

He made his debut for Belgium in a fleeting outing against Switzerland last November.

However, he came on in Sunday’s Nations League third-placed play-off and netted in a 30-minute second-cap cameo. Indeed, his goal gave Belgium hope before they lost 2-1 to Euro 2020 champions Italy.

A player with such versatility would prove a welcome addition for any of the Premier League clubs showing interest.

De Ketelaere could, for example, feature on either wing for City or Liverpool.

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According to former Belgium international Marc Degryse, though, De Ketelaere should snub a move to City if they came in for him.

Instead, he should move to a club like Leicester.

Degryse said in September: “Manchester City still seems a bit too high for me. But maybe first an intermediate step, to a club that has ambition.

“Like Leicester City, for example. If you can continue to grow there, then the sky is the limit.”

De Ketelaere’s Champions League outings for his club this season have proved fruitful. He played well against Paris Saint-Germain, before he notched an assist against RB Leipzig.

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