Leeds ready to pay big for Charles De Ketelaere

Leeds United are reportedly ready to pay €40m (£34.4m) for Club Brugge star Charles De Ketelaere.

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Of Ketelaere, described as ‘Completed’ by legendary Club Brugge midfielder Gert Verheyen, has been linked with a move to Elland Road in recent days.

transfer specialist fabrice romano revealed that Leeds are monitoring the 21-year-old as a possible replacement for Raphinha, who could leave for £65million.

The Belgian international is principally an attacking midfielder who can also play as a center forward or on the wing, and it looks like Andrea Radrizzani and the 49ers Enterprises are willing to spend big on his services.

The last: 40 million euros in costs?

According to a Calcio to Pillole journalist, who covers transfers for outlets in Italy and SpainLeeds are ‘ready’ to pay Club Brugge €40m (£34.4m) for De Ketelaere.

A charge in this region would make the attacker the most expensive signature in the Elland Road story, however, AC Milan were also name-checked with interest for the Twitter post.

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The verdict: a few important weeks

Los Blancos have already secured three summer signings in Brenden Aaronson, Rasmus Kristensen and Marc Roca. However, it looks like the club will have to be busy again, with Kalvin Phillips about to join Manchester City in a deal worth a first £42 million.

Raphinha could also leavemeaning Leeds may have to replace two of their best players ahead of Jesse Marsch’s first full season in charge of what would be crucial deals.

Their replacements will have to go to Yorkshire, and it looks like they could be looking to spend the money they receive for Phillips on De Ketelaere, who appears to be a firm target.

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