Leeds United had been linked with a potential move to sign Charles De Ketelaere in the summer transfer window. According to multiple reports emanating from England, Leeds United are linked again with surprise move for Milan attacking midfielder Charles De Ketelaere.
AC Milan spent 32 million euros to sign the Belgium international from Club Brugge in the summer of 2022. He has five years left on his current contract which expires in 2027.
The attacking midfielder has featured in 18 matches this term, providing one assist in all competitions.
The 21-year-old has been touted as one of the brightest young prospects in Belgium. De Ketelaere has represented Belgium at Under-16, Under-17, Under-18, Under-20 and Under-21 level, winning 16 caps and scoring five goals, before making his senior international debut in November 2020. As a member of Belgium national football team, De Ketelaere won 11 caps and he scored one goal.
Leeds United have built a reputation for recruiting young talent from within Europe, predominantly targeting those with sell-on value and immense potential.
Charles De Ketelaere is a long-term target of Leeds and could be a decent addition for Jesse Marsch’s side.
The Whites are desperate to make an impact in the winter transfer window.
The former Club Brugge man will add more quality to Leeds United’s attack.
World Football Rumours
According to the report, “Leeds United are planning an audacious swoop for AC Milan attacker Charles De Ketelaere in the January transfer window. The Elland Road club attempted to secure De Ketelaere in the summer, but he chose to join Milan instead. However, the 21-year-old has found life in Milan tough so far, managing 0 goals and 1 assist in 18 appearances. Speaking to GiveMeSport, CBS reporter Ben Jacobs stated that Leeds will attempt to secure De Ketelaere, either on loan or permanently.”
Leeds United have to fork out a huge transfer fee if they are genuinely interested in the Belgium international.
Good signing for Leeds United?
If De Ketelaere is available for the right price, then he could be a clever acquisition for Leeds.
Charles De Ketelaere has all the skillset required to be a success story at Elland Road. Therefore, it makes sense for Marsch to step up his attempts to bring the Belgium attacking midfielder to Premier League side.
Stylistically, he would be a great fit in Leeds.
How strong that interest is and whether Leeds will make a move remains to be seen but it is certainly one worth keeping an eye on.
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Would Charles De Ketelaere be a good signing for Leeds United?