Beren Cross has dropped an update on reported Leeds United transfer target Arnaud Kalimuendo.
What’s the latest?
In a recent Q&A on Leeds Live, the journalist revealed that, following recent reports of Victor Orta’s interest in a deal for the Paris Saint-Germain centre-froward, the Whites are indeed keen on a move for the 20-year-old this summer.
However, Cross went on to state that the France U21 international is a player on a number of clubs’ transfer wishlists in the current market, while he also claimed that the former RC Lens loanee is not currently Orta’s number one target in attack.
In response to a question asking whether Leeds hold an interest in Kalimuendo, the journalist said: “Kalimuendo is one Leeds are understood to like, but talk of a formal bid may be wide of the mark. He’s a striker on a lot of clubs’ shortlists, we are told. He’s not the number one target, but one that could well emerge as a goer.”
Supporters will be buzzing
Considering just how exciting a talent Kalimuendo undoubtedly is, Cross’ confirmation that Orta is interested in pursuing a move for the 20-year-old striker this summer is sure to be news that will leave the Elland Road faithful buzzing.
Indeed, over his 34 Ligue 1 appearances for Lens last season, the £17m-rated youngster was in fantastic form, hitting the back of the net on 12 occasions and creating three big chances for his teammates, in addition to taking an average of 1.8 shots, making 0.6 key passes and completing 0.8 dribbles per game.
These returns saw the £6.6k-per-week average an incredibly impressive SofaScore match rating of 6.82, playing a key role in Les Sang et Or’s rather surprising seventh-place finish in the top flight of French football last time out.
As such, when considering the fact that the PSG starlet is still only 20 years of age – with the Frenchman being a little over three months older than Joe Gelhardt – it is clear to see just how promising a talent the striker truly is, leading us to believe that Cross’ latest update on the Whites’ pursuit of Kalimuendo is sure to be one that supporters of Leeds will love.