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Leeds United: Charles de Ketelaere alternatives named

Leeds United: Charles de Ketelaere alternatives named -Leeds United News

Leeds United have a long-time Victor Orta target in mind alongside Cody Gakpo if they fail to sign Charles de Ketelaere, according to The Daily Mail.

The lowdown

Leeds ‘have been trying‘ to sign De Ketelaere from Club Brugge but they may soon have to concede defeat.

That’s because the player ‘looks destined‘ to join Serie A champions Milan instead.

De Ketelaere, who can play on both wings as well as through the middle, may have been viewed as a replacement for Raphinha, who’s seemingly bound for Barcelona.

The latest

Journalist Simon Jones names two other wide players who are on Leeds’ ‘radar’ after the De Ketelaere blow.

One of them is a player Leeds fans have heard plenty about in PSV Eindhoven’s Gakpo, but there is also a player with Premier League experience in the shape of Adama Traore.

Gakpo has often been mentioned as a target by sources in the Netherlands, but the links to Traore come from Victor Orta’s personal admiration for the player, who the Whites’ transfer guru apparently ‘loves‘ and has wanted ‘for ages‘.

The verdict

Who is the better option for Leeds?

Well, to begin with price tags, Gakpo is valued at £27million by Transfermarkt, considerably more than the £18million-rated Traore, who only has a year left on his contract with Wolves.

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Leeds fans, do you remember who scored your first goal of the 21/22 season?

What about their respective records? Gakpo has scored 42 goals and provided 33 assists in 134 games in the Eredivisie and while that may only be the seventh-best league in Europe, he’s also delivered in continental competition, netting seven times across the Champions League qualifiers, Europa League and Europa Conference League last season.

Adama, on the other hand, has 160 games of PL experience under his belt but his numbers are a little underwhelming – eight goals and 16 assists.

Given that Gakpo is three years younger, it might be worth investing a little more in a player who would appear to have a higher ceiling and superior end product.


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