Leeds are ‘hoping’ to sign ‘deadly’ £22m striker at Elland Road

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Leeds United are ‘hoping’ that they can still conclude a deal for Paris Saint-Germain striker Arnaud Kalimuendo this summer, according to journalist Dean Jones.

Jesse Marsch has already made six additions to his first-team squad, but Patrick Bamford remains the only senior striking option available to the American tactician.

What is the latest news involving Kalimuendo?

At the start of the month, French outlet Media Foot reported that Leeds had launched a €20 million (£16.8m) offer for Kalimuendo, who is not short of potential suitors.

It’s claimed that Newcastle United, Lyon and Stade Rennais are also eager to snap up the 20-year-old and PSG sporting director Luis Campos is demanding between €20m (£16.8m) and €25m (£21m) for his signature.

However, Leeds now appear to be in the driving seat for Kalimuendo as CBS reporter Ben Jacobs has delivered a promising update on his situation.

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Jacobs has stated that PSG ‘have told’ the west Yorkshire outfit that they value the France Under-21 international at £22m amid growing interest from other clubs.

The Parisian’s new manager Christophe Galtier is believed to be eager to retain the services and offload Mauro Icardi instead, though, but Campos is not as convinced over his potential and is willing to sanction a sale.

What has Jones said about Kalimuendo?

Jones has informed GiveMeSport that the Leeds hierarchy are hopeful that the Kalimuendo deal is the ‘one that comes along’ given his quality and profile.

He told GMS: “There are some people there that want him to stay, but ultimately, there are very powerful people that believe that this could be a good moment to cash-in.

“So, Leeds are hoping that that’s the one that comes along because he’s a really good young forward.”

Where would Kalimuendo fit in?

Kalimuendo has spent the last two seasons on loan at RC Lens, helping them achieve back-to-back seventh-placed finishes in Ligue 1.

The 5 foot 9 starlet registered eight goals and six assists in 31 appearances throughout 2020/21 before building on that output impressively last term, justifying his tag as a “deadly” finisher.

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Although Kalimuendo failed to set up any strikes in 2021/22, he did find the back of the net on 13 occasions in 38 outings, further emphasising his predatory instincts.

If he moves to Leeds, Kalimuendo would likely be a back-up to Bamford to begin with and play alongside him if Marsch reverts to his favoured 4-2-2-2 formation throughout the current campaign.

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