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Leeds learn price of exciting attacking target

Last Updated on by James King

Of concern to many Leeds United fans, this summer is their lack of signings, though perhaps more pertinently a lack of a marquee recruit. Last summer the newly promoted side brought in Robin Koch, Diego Llorente, Rodrigo Moreno and Raphina, plus a handful of talented youngsters in what was a thrilling transfer window for fans.

So far, the West Yorkshire side have only brought in Junior Firpo from Barcelona, while converting Jack Harrison’s three-year loan into a permanent deal, in addition to replacing the outgoing second-choice goalkeeper Kiko Casilla with 20-year-old Kristoffer Klaesson. Perhaps their most exciting business has come in the form of the clutch of Under 23 players that have come through the door at Elland Road (three in total, with one more expected).

Leeds learn price of exciting attacking target

However, compared to last summer’s outlay of nearly £100 million, the club have spent just under a third of that amount so far, despite fans pleads for at least two more players.

While negotiations surrounding Huddersfield Town’s talented central midfielder Lewis O’Brien rumble on, talk has now turned to another long-running saga of this summer, with the club once again linked to versatile Club Brugge attacker Noa Lang.

Ever since Leeds appointed Victor Orta as Director of Football and even Marcelo Bielsa as manager, the club have made it almost impossible for the media to guess who new signings are going to be. In most cases, this has often not been made public until the player arrives for his medical.

It does appear though that the interest in Lang is genuine, though the sticking point as it has likely been with all of the club’s targets this summer is the valuation of the player. Reportedly his club price him at £25 million.

 

Who is Lang and would he fit in at Leeds?

On loan with Brugge last season from Ajax, the 22-year-old was hot off the fabled Amsterdam club’s production line and he demonstrated this pedigree in style, convincing the Belgian side to part with the £6 million pre-agreed fee for the player.

In all competitions last season, Lang scored 17 goals and contributed 11 assists in 37 appearances (14 and 11 in the league) for his club, proving to be one of the most prolific players of his age in Europe.

Of particular interest to Bielsa (reportedly), is the player’s versatility and the fact that he can play across the front three, with his pace, dynamism, and finishing ability proving to be his prime assets.

If Leeds decide to make a long-anticipated move for the player, it would give them a greater boost in attack, being able to cover Patrick Bamford through the middle or start in place of one of either Harrison or Raphina.