Leeds dealt blow as transfer target 'not interested' in Elland Road switch

Leeds United and Jesse Marsch have been dealt a transfer blow in their pursuit of a replacement for Raphinha, as it has emerged that Club Brugge forward Charles De Ketelaere is not interested in a move to Yorkshire this summer.

Raphinha is widely expected to depart Elland Road this summer, amid interest from Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal and Barcelona in the 24-year-old.

At present, it seems as though the Gunners lead the way, but the deal is by no means done, with Leeds holding out for £65m and under no pressure to sell following the agreement to sell Kalvin Phillips to Manchester City.

One of their potential replacements in the case of Raphinha's exit was young Belgian star Charles De Ketelaere, who scored 14 times and assisted a further seven goals last season in the Pro League.

Where else could Leeds turn?

The main alternative target for the Peacocks this summer appears to be PSV forward Cody Gakpo, though there remains doubt as to whether or not the Dutchman will want to move to Elland Road in a World Cup year.

They have also been linked with FC Porto star Otavio, having already brought in Brenden Aaronson from RB Salzburg this summer.

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Ben Browning

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