This is reported by the French daily L’Equipe that Rennes have agreed a £21million move from the Europa League to sign Leeds target Arnaud Kalimuendo. It comes after weeks of ties with the Yorkshire club who are on the hunt for a new striker.
Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani told The Athletic recently that Leeds are in the market for an ‘attacking’ player and a left-back. PSG striker Kalimuendo was next on the list after Leeds missed Charles De Ketelaere to AC Milan.
Los Blancos want another striker back in Patrick Bamford but obviously have concerns about his long-term fitness. Joe Gelhardt is a super talent but still a rookie and can hardly be counted on to score consistently.
So Kalimuendo – who has scored 21 goals on loan at Lens in the last two seasons – was a target. But now it seems Leeds are missing out. That’s because Rennes have agreed a fee of £21m plus bonuses for the PSG talent.
In the last few hours, according to L’Equipe, an agreement has almost been finalized. Leeds and Nice are missing out on the France Under-21 international with PSG also arranging a future resale fee between the two clubs.
Rennes have agreed to sign Leeds target Kalimuendo
A blow to Leeds. Kalimuendo looked like the man who could fix the lack of depth up front at Elland Road. But ultimately there were also doubts. It would be a problem to sign a player at a similar stage in his career as Gelhardt.
It would stunt Gelhardt’s growth. A player that Elland Road fans have already fallen in love with. But it leaves Leeds in first place. Who are they going for now? Or will they bet on Bamford, Gelhardt and possible Rodrigo as strikers?
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https://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2022/08/10/leeds-blow-report-claims-europa-league-side-agree-deal-for-whites-striker-target/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=leeds-blow-report-claims-europa-league-side-agree-deal-for-whites-striker-target The report claims the Europa League side agree to a deal for the Whites’ forward target