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Leeds ‘surrender’ transfer chase after failed £31.5m offer as Victor Orta eyes other targets | Football | Sport


Leeds have reportedly given up their transfer chase of Charles De Ketelaere because the Club Brugge attacker would like to maneuver to AC Milan. And Whites chief Victor Orta will due to this fact turn his attentions to alternative targets as he looks to bolster the squad.

Leeds are desperate to usher in latest faces after losing Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips to Barcelona and Manchester City respectively this summer. They usually had set their sights on De Ketelaere.

Last week, it was reported the Yorkshire club had tabled a bid of £31.3million for the 21-year-old. But, in keeping with Monday’s front cover of La Gazzetta dello Sport, Leeds have been discouraged over the transfer and have decided to step aside because the player only wants a move to Milan.

The Serie A giants have only offered just over £25.4m for the player. But Club Brugge are continuing to ask for £29.6m as they need as much money as they’ll get for him. And there’s a belief that over the following 48 hours, there will likely be a sign of whether a deal might be struck.

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De Ketelaere has won eight caps for Belgium and can now be hoping a mega-money move to one in every of Europe’s top leagues is sufficient to land him a foundation at this winter’s World Cup in Qatar. And the ace has already addressed his future.

“I still don’t feel fulfilled, though I even have played against [Lionel] Messi and with [Kevin] De Bruyne,” he said last season. “It’s still not enough for me. I’m curious to know what the longer term will bring. If other clubs show interest I’ll take heed to them. Prior to now I used to say, ‘if I ever had to depart Club Brugge, I could be so scared.’ But now it’s different – if a solid offer comes along, I’m ready.”

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