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Leeds: Whites meet Charles de Ketelaere demands

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Leeds United are meeting Club Brugge’s demands for attacker Charles de Ketelaere, according to journalist Matteo Moretto

The lowdown

The Whites are battling AC Milan and Leicester City for the signature of the 21-year-old Belgium international, who is impressively versatile. He is capable of playing on both flanks, as a centre forward and as a number 10.

Last season, he scored 18 goals and provided 10 assists in 49 appearances across all competitions for the Belgian giants, who will compete in next season’s Champions League.

The latest

Moretto tweeted on Friday that Club Brugge ‘know they will soon lose’ De Ketelaere, and that they ‘are moving to find a replacement’.

Milan is reportedly the player’s preferred move, with terms agreed on a five-year deal, but there is ‘still no agreement’ between the champions of Serie A and the Jupiler Pro League respectively.

Brugge want ‘about’ €30m (£25.4m) for the 21-year-old, and Leeds have reportedly met that demand. The question would now appear to be whether the Whites can convince him to come to Elland Road.

The verdict

It’s easy to see why Leeds have indicated a willingness to pay up for De Ketelaere.

In addition to his ability to score goals and create them for others, he also offers an immense contribution out of possession, ranking in the top 10 percentiles for pressures and tackles per 90 minutes among positional peers in Europe’s major leagues and continental tournaments.

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According to FBRef, he us stylistically similar to Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann, although journalist Frans Buyse threw a different name into the mix.

He said: “De Ketelaere’s style is reminiscent of [Kevin] de Bruyne. He is intelligent, and possesses great vision and a superb passing range. His dribbling is similar to De Bruyne’s too. Eventually, he should take his place for Belgium.”

It’s worth noting that, even though De Ketelaere still so young, he’s already racked up eight caps for his country, who rank second in the world. He must have something about him, then.

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