Leeds could pass up PSG forward Arnaud Kalimuendo after it was accounted for that he is currently the top objective for Rennes. The 20-year-old has arisen as one of the Whites’ top focuses as they look for an elective, Charles De Ketelaere, who is set to join AC Milan despite being the club’s underlying best option.
The French title champs are ready to sell the striker; however, it will allow the youthful ability to choose his future. Leeds might want to propose around £17million to carry him to Elland Road anyway. It seems far-fetched that they will want to entice him.
The 21-year-old forward was sought after by Leeds United, but the defending Serie A winners are now the favorites to seal the deal, with top Milan figures certain of success.
Paolo Maldini, the technical director for Milan, and Frederic Massara, the director of football, are traveling to Belgium today to speak with Club Bruges to better understand any remaining obstacles to a contract.
De Ketelaere would become Milan’s fourth summer acquisition as the team looked to strengthen their offense before their Serie A defense. They have already acquired offensive midfielder Junior Messias, right defender Alessandro Florenzi, and striker Divock Origi on free transfers from Liverpool.
De Ketelaere is viewed as a versatile attacker by Milan who is primarily intended to improve the right flank and offensive midfield. Leeds was reportedly considering him as a backup striker or false nine, though.
Paulo Dybala, who joined Roma on Wednesday, was another possibility Milan looked at. Still, the team determined that De Ketelaere was a better match for its hiring policy of developing new talent.
De Ketelaere made his debut for Belgium against Switzerland in November 2020. He has now made eight appearances for Belgium and barely missed being selected for Roberto Martinez’s team for the European Championships last summer.
In the Champions League in 2019, he made his dramatic debut against Real Madrid, and the following year, he scored a spectacular winner against Zenit Saint Petersburg.
De Ketelaere served as the focal point of the Bruges attack against Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, and RB Leipzig in 2021–22, scoring against the latter.
In 49 games for Bruges past season, he scored 18 goals and added ten assists.