The Lowdown: De Ketelaere profiled
He is coming off the best season of his career with 18 goals and 10 assists in 49 games, and it looks as if those displays have caught the eye of Leeds’ chief European scout Gaby Ruiz, who has watched De Ketelaere closely.
The Latest: Leeds to bid for De Ketelaere
The Daily Mail shared a story on Saturday, revealing that Leeds are launching a £26m bid for De Ketelaere.
Sources from Belgium claim that AC Milan also hold a strong interest in the player, who is tipped to become the next ‘big talent’ from his homeland.
The Verdict: Phillips money?
Leeds look set to receive an initial £42m fee from Manchester City for Kalvin Phillips, and it looks as if Andrea Radrizzani and the 49ers Enterprises are willing to invest that straight back into the club in order to sign De Ketelaere.
How many more signings do Leeds need after Aaronson, Kristensen and Roca?
Should a move go through, you’d expect that De Ketelaere won’t be a direct replacement for the England international, although the 21-year-old has experience of playing as a deep-lying central midfielder.
Signing him would bolster the Whites’ attacking ranks, and following De Ketelaere’s starring 2021/22 campaign, it could be Leeds’ best move of the summer.
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