Leeds United set to make second offer for Arnaud Kalimuendo
Leeds United are set to make a second offer for Arnaud Kalimuendo after the first fell short of PSG’s €25m valuation.
According GFFN, Paris Saint-Germain are preparing for a better offer from Leeds United for Arnaud Kalimuendo. The Premier League’s first offer was below PSG’s €25m valuation, although the Whites face competition from Rennes.
Arnaud Kalimuendo is presented as one of the best future players. The striker has spent the last two seasons on loan at Lens, scoring 21 goals in 65 appearances for the club. Last season, he scored 12 goals in Ligue 1 alone, which prompted many clubs to take an interest in him. Kalimuendo harbors ambitions to make it big at PSG, but the French giants seem to be going in the opposite direction.
PSG have brought in exciting French youngster Hugo Ekitike this summer, who could be seen as a direct competitor or replacement for Kalimuendo. The former Reims man will certainly limit his path in the first-team setup, which already has several top players up front in the pecking order.
Speaking about Kalimuendo’s future, PSG coach Christophe Galtier recently said: “I’m more than happy with him. He is doing very well, but there is the market. We will see the decision of the club and the player.
Those words certainly inspire confidence in the striker, but the club will likely seize a good market opportunity to cash in. Kalimuendo is a target for Leeds and West Ham United, although the former appears to be targeting the youngster with greater intent. .
Leeds United‘s interest in Kalimuendo is due to Raphinha’s departure and the lack of a suitable replacement for Patrick Bamford in the No.9 role. They have already seen a bid rejected by PSG. The first offer didn’t come close to their €25m valuation. The Premier League outfit are expected to return with another improved proposal to test the French side’s resolve.
Leeds may have the money to bid close to €25m, although the club are keen to complete the deal for less. They face competition from Ligue 1 club Rennes, who are ready to invest around PSG’s asking price.
Leeds certainly need reinforcements in their attack, and the arrival of a new striker will help ease the burden on Bamford. Whether they can persuade PSG of a sale will be apparent in the coming days. However, a lot will also depend on whether or not the player wants to move to the Premier League, especially Leeds United.