Jesse Marsch, who was appointed as the Whites’ head coach in February, is seeking further reinforcements ahead of his first full season at the helm.
What’s the latest news involving de Ketelaere?
According to The Athletic, Leeds are pursuing de Ketelaere and the 21-year-old’s versatility is seen as being attractive to Marsch.
The report suggests the Yorkshire giants believe the eight-cap Belgium international could be used in a secondary striker role or as a false nine, but they are facing competition from reigning Serie A champions AC Milan.
However, having only avoided relegation to the Championship by a three-point margin last season, it seems Leeds will have a tough job of convincing de Ketelaere to make the switch to Elland Road.
That is because, according to RTL Sport, the Club Brugge star has already ruled out the possibility of joining the Whites.
It is understood that de Ketelaere’s suitors, which also includes Leicester City, will have to part with £34.5million in order to strike a deal.
What has Dean Jones said about de Ketelaere?
Jones believes Leeds will show they mean business by tempting de Ketelaere into signing on the dotted line.
However, the transfer insider has doubts over whether the Whites will be successful in their pursuit of the Belgian.
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Jones told GIVEMESPORT: “De Ketelaere would be an unbelievable signing and he is definitely a player of interest.
“I’m personally not sure that Leeds can lure him in because this is a player with a big future ahead of him and I know he is hugely ambitious.
“Honestly, he could probably arrive at any Premier League club and look to make an impact, so it would be a massive coup if Leeds could get him.”
Why is de Ketelaere of interest to Leeds?
De Ketelaere may still be in the early stages of his career, but he showcased his talent by scoring 18 goals and supply a further 10 assists last season.
That stunning form allowed the in-demand star to register an average rating of 7.34 across the campaign and collect 15 man of the match awards.
De Ketelaere has even been likened to Paris Saint-Germain superstar Lionel Messi and Manchester City playmaker Kevin de Bruyne, which underlines why Leeds are keeping tabs on his situation at Club Brugge.