The Lowdown: De Ketelaere links
The Whites were first name-checked with an interest in De Ketelaere by Fabrizio Romano last month.
Phil Hay has since added that Leeds are ‘serious’ about signing the Club Brugge star, who they view as a forward, and that the club will also target a winger and midfielder to replace Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha.
Braeckman previously claimed that Leeds were set to make an opening €30m (£25.8m) proposal for the 21-year-old, but it looks as if he is not keen on a move to Yorkshire.
The Latest: Braeckman’s comments
Braeckman was talking to MOT Leeds News regarding De Ketelaere and the links of a move to Leeds.
He revealed that the forward recently ‘said no’ to an Elland Road switch, and the journalist added that he ‘knows’ De Ketelaere’s wish is to play in the Champions League.
“De Ketelaere said no when Leeds contacted him a few days ago.
“But I’m not around the table, if they’re pushing through, there must have a reason. If they think they can convince him, then they’re right to try, as we are talking about an absolutely brilliant player.
“De Ketelaere needs to play, as he’s looking for a spot in the Belgium squad for the World Cup, but I know he’d like to play Champions League. So if Milan comes too, which is likely to happen, I think it will be hard for Leeds.”
The Verdict: When will Leeds move on?
The Whites may well be fighting a losing battle when it comes to De Ketelaere, especially if AC Milan firm up their interest which, according to Braeckman, is ‘likely’ to happen.
How many more signings do Leeds need after Aaronson, Kristensen and Roca?
Attacking reinforcements are needed at Elland Road to provide competition to the likes of star man Patrick Bamford and emerging star Joe Gelhardt.
Leeds clearly think De Ketelaere could still be the perfect addition, so it will be interesting to see how long they pursue him before giving up and moving on to an alternative target, especially with the new season fast approaching.
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