Arsenal handed potential Raphinha boost as Leeds eye €30m forward

Leeds United are interested in the services of Charles De Ketelaere, it has been reported.

Most Leeds fans are likely not too familiar with De Ketelaere. So who is the 21-year-old?

De Ketelaere is a forward who is currently plying his trade in Belgium with heavyweights, Club Brugge.

The talented attacker is a Brugge native, and has spent his entire career on the club’s books.

Despite only being 21, De Ketelaere has already notched 120 appearances for his boyhood club.

And, across these ties, he has scored 25 and provided 20 assists. It is this past season, though, which saw Brugge’s crown jewel truly excel. Across 49 outings, the young striker racked up 18 goals and 10 assists.

And whilst De Ketelaere has largely been used up front of late, he is a very versatile player who can play all across the front line and as an attacking midfielder.

Now, as per Ekrem Konur, Leeds are preparing a €30m bid for the forward, whilst AC Milan, Leicester City and Napoli are also showing an interest:

Should Leeds complete a move for De Ketelaere, it could be a big boost for Arsenal, who have been heavily linked with Raphinha over the last few weeks.

This is because as Leeds already have a competent front line of Jack Harrison, Patrick Bamford and Raphinha, you would assume that De Ketelaere, at €30m, is not being brought in to be used as a back-up option, meaning one of their main front-three would be able to leave if he is signed.

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Josh Barker

Josh Barker

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