Leeds United face major ‘competition’ for the signing of Paris Saint-Germain striker Arnaud Kalimuendo this summer, according to Sky Sports reporter Tim Thornton.
The lowdown: Interest so far
Sharing the current stance, one well-informed onlooker has suggested that a deal is still a possibility this summer, although Director of Football at the Yorkshire club, Victor Orta, won’t be the only one in the mix for the talented youngster…
The latest: ‘His name came up’
He said: “Absolutely on the radar, but whether they can get them over the line is another matter. Kalimuendo, for example, there are a lot of clubs that have been looking at him, but I know his name came up a few weeks ago.
“Leeds, they’ll look at a lot of different options, so I suspect they’ve asked the question but, obviously, they’ll face competition if they want to pursue it.”
The verdict: Worth the wait
Albeit the move may currently seem unlikely to come to fruition as things stand, a signing of the quality and long-term potential of Kalimuendo is worth holding out for should he be made available, even alongside other targets such as Terrier or the heavily linked Mergim Berisha.
Last season, the £16.2million valued prodigy scored 13 times in 38 appearances across all competitions whilst on loan at RC Lens, earning a 6.82 Sofascore rating whilst winning 2.1 duels and attempting 1.8 shots on average per game in Ligue 1.
Sharing similar stylistic traits with such renowned strikers as Luis Suarez, Ciro Immobile and Jonathan David (Fbref), Kalimuendo – who was described as a ‘disgustingly good striker’ by journalist Jacque Talbot – would be a sensational addition to Jesse Marsch’s squad if Leeds can win the race ahead of other potential suitors, especially at a previously mooted €25million (£21.1million) asking price.
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