Arnaud Kalimuendo transfer: Big clash beckons at PSG as triple obstacle dampens Leeds Utd plan

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Arnaud Kalimuendo at the PSG vs Strasbourg match in Parc des Princes in Paris, Credit: PA Images
Arnaud Kalimuendo at the PSG vs Strasbourg match in Parc des Princes in Paris, Credit: PA Images

Leeds United’s hopes of securing the Arnaud Kalimuendo transfer appear to have taken a knock amid a strong transfer vow made by new PSG coach Chrisophe Galtier.

Jesse Marsch’s side are in the market for a new striker this summer to find cover and competition for Patrick Bamford. Leeds could only call on the England cap for 560 minutes of Premier League football last season due to a succession of injuries. And lacking a presence up front in his absence, the club went perilously close to suffering relegation.

The Whites, though, are clearly determined to learn from past mistakes and have already strengthened their squad with six signings. And while those deals have been underpinned by the sales of Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha, it looks like more is to come.

Indeed, top of their wanted list now remains a new frontman. Efforts to sign Charles De Ketelaere look to have hit a brick wall. And despite offering more for the player, the 21-year-old is adamant he only wants to sign for Milan. As a result, Leeds appear to have a firm decision on their bid.

The club, however, does have two alternatives in Martin Terrier of Rennes and PSG’s Kalimuendo.

Indeed, interest in Terrier emerged over the weekend with Rennes’ huge price tag potentially proving problematic.

A route for Kalimuendo, though, does look easier for Leeds. PSG are reportedly seeking £21m – a fee Leeds are willing to meet.

Clash of opinion over Arnaud Kalimuendo transfer

The 20-year-old’s route to first-team football in Paris looks a complicated one. PSG boast the likes of Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Mauro Icardi. They have also just also announced the signing of Hugo Ekitike from Stade de Reims.

As such, football advisor Luis Campos is of the mind to sell the player and trim down his squad.

However, as per Media Foot, new coach Galtier has thrown in a major curveball. They state Galtier is in ‘no rush’ to sell Kalimuendo and in fact, it is far from certain that he will leave.

That’s because Galtier ‘has been impressed by his performances during pre-season and would like to wait before making a decision’.

However, with Campos adamant there is no room to play him, a clash of ideas at PSG seemingly beckons.

Furthermore, Media Foot now claims competition for Kalimuendo is also growing. The French outlet claims that, as well as Leeds, Newcastle and now OSG Nice have also asked to be kept in the loop over developments.

PSG certain to sell Kalimuendo – but there may be a catch

Despite Galtier’s words, it appears highly unlikely that Kalimuendo will stay at PSG this summer.

Blessed with ridiculous options up front as it is, the recent addition of Ekitike has further complicated the situation.

And it appears they will only have room for one, upcoming striker in their ranks. As such, it looks highly likely that Kalimuendo will depart.

But where he leaves for remains up in the air. The presence of Newcastle and now Nice complicates issues for Leeds United.

He may be enticed by the project on offer on Tyneside, while Nice offers him the chance to stay in Ligue 1 – and in a very nice part of France to boot.

That said, Leeds are reportedly the only side to have made a formal approach, so they do look in the driving seat.

If PSG do sell, there is a chance that any buying club may have to accept his signing with a catch. That’s because the Ligue 1 giants – conscious that Kalimuendo is an exciting talent – are likely to demand a buy-back clause in any deal that takes him away.

Likely to be set at nearer the £45m mark and active after two years, that is a prospect that Leeds, or any other buyer, may have to accept in any deal for the striker.

Manchester City, meanwhile, are considering a move for a left-back once considered as a transfer option by Leeds United.

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