The Lowdown: De Ketelaere not sure
The Whites have been heavily linked with a move for De Ketelaere over the last seven days. Journalist Dean Jones said it would be an ‘unbelievable signing’ and a ‘massive coup’ if Leeds managed to get a deal over the line ahead of Jesse Marsch’s first full season in charge.
The Latest: Leeds still keen
90min journalist Graeme Bailey provided an update regarding De Ketelaere on Thursday. They were informed from ‘sources’ that Club Brugge are holding out for €40m (£34.7m) for the attacker, with Leeds ‘extremely keen’.
The report adds that both the Whites and Leicester City are willing to pay that asking price but look set to test the waters with an initial €30m (£25.9m) proposal, while AC Milan are also monitoring the situation.
The Verdict: Raphinha sale to be a domino effect?
It appears as if Andrea Radrizzani and the 49ers group are willing to smash their transfer record for the second time this summer after already landing Brenden Aaronson for £29.56m, so fans can certainly take solace in what is a serious show of trust in Marsch.
How many more signings do Leeds need after Aaronson, Kristensen and Roca?
However, they may have to wait until Raphinha’s future is resolved before splashing the cash. Leeds agreed on a £60m-£65m with Chelsea for the Brazilian, but it looks as if a move to Barcelona still isn’t out of the equation.
Securing a figure around the £60m mark for Raphinha could then allow Leeds to go all-in to try and convince De Ketelaere, providing he doesn’t move to Milan or Leicester in the meantime.
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