Leeds United could move for Noa Lang if they lose Raphinha this summer, according to Phil Hay.
It was reported in August 2021 that the Whites were interested in the 22-year-old, who instead made his loan move from Ajax to Club Brugge permanent.
Lang is predominantly a left winger but also has 27 matches worth of experience playing on the right during his career. He has three years left on his contract with the Belgian club and is valued at £19.8m by Transfermarkt.
Meanwhile, Raphinha is attracting interest from Barcelona ahead of the transfer window, with the La Liga outfit lining up a move for the 25-year-old.
A supporter asked Hay on The Athletic’s matchday discussion boards whether he could see Leeds going back in for Lang in the summer.
The journalist responded by saying that the Whites had been ‘keen’ on the 22-year-old but ‘left it alone’ because Marcelo Bielsa wasn’t all that enthused by the idea, although he reckons that the Dutchman ‘could be a ‘very good investment’.
Hay outlined: “The club were very keen on him last summer. Bielsa less so, which is why they left it alone. It’s a good question though because if Raphinha goes, Leeds will need to build up their attack (and they need more attacking players regardless imo). That said, we can all forget about players of Lang’s quality if Leeds go down.”
Lang isn’t a perfect replacement given that he largely plays on the opposite flank to Raphinha, but he does look like an exciting option. He has been directly involved in 23 goals this season – scoring nine and setting up 14 – for the Belgian title chasers.
He has also won some rave reviews, with journalist Zach Lowy describing his performance against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League as ‘absolutely brilliant‘ and European football expert Alex Barker likening him to a ‘young Ronaldo‘ and marvelling at his speed.
That all suggests that Lang is a player who could electrify Elland Road if he is indeed signed as Raphinha’s replacement.
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