Leeds now eyeing Arnaud Kalimuendo


Leeds United are seemingly eyeing up a new frontman this summer…

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According to The Independent’s Miguel Delaney, the Yorkshire giants are keen to secure a move for Paris Saint-Germain gem Arnaud Kalimuendo ahead of the new season.

“Leeds United make offer for PSG’s Arnaud Kalimuendo,” he tweeted alongside an accompanying article. “PSG want a series of clauses, though, including a buy-back.”

It’s thought that bid is in the region of €20m (£18m).

Imagine him and Aaronson

This would be a hugely exciting signing for the Whites as the 20-year-old frontman has impressed across a two-year loan spell at RC Lens, where he has delivered 21 goals and six assists across 65 appearances.

Capable of playing on the left, behind the striker or more predominantly as a number nine, Kalimuendo could be a useful and versatile option for manager Jesse Marsch as he looks to change Leeds’ fortunes in attack next season.

The Whites managed to seal Premier League safety on the final day but a combination of leaking too many goals and not scoring enough put them in that precarious position.

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Patrick Bamford missed a large chunk of the season with a string of injuries, leaving Raphinha to carry the attacking burden in the final third. He was the only player to hit double figures, just.

Born near Paris, the 5 foot 10 dynamo has obvious talent and bags of potential, also scoring four goals in 12 caps for France’s U21 setup.

Such form and quality has seen many praise his ability, including Get France Football News’ Cameron Smith (as relayed by Newcastle World).

“Kalimuendo is a modern forward, his incisive speed, decision-making, intelligence, and technical ability are all of the highest level,” he said, before later adding: “His ceiling is sky high and, in 2022, Arnaud Kalimuendo will only get better.”

The £16.2m-rated marksman, who has also been lauded as “clever” and a “prototype striker” by manager Frank Haise, would clearly be a solid signing from Victor Orta and co, given the need to bolster Marsch’s frontline.

With the club bringing in Brenden Aaronson to add some creativity to the engine room, he’ll need someone to feed off his energy and passing ability. Someone with Kalimuendo’s intelligence and speed certainly fits the bill.

Just imagine the American and the Frenchman terrorising Premier League defences next term.

AND in other news, Leeds closing in on 3rd summer signing





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