Arnaud Kalimuendo’s prize unveiled
Leeds United have been ordered to pay £22million for Paris Saint-Germain striker Arnaud Kalimuendo, according to Ben Jacobs, CBS Sports reporter.
Athletic’s Phil Hay wrote earlier this month that Leeds “have their eye on” Kalimuendo throughout the summer window.
Hay says Jesse Marsch and Leeds are ‘still waiting for a striker’ as they look to complete their business.
Kalimuendo passed through the ranks of the young at PSG and has spent the last two seasons on loan at Lens.
He competes with Kylian Mbappe, Mauro Icardi and new signing Hugo Ekitike for a few minutes in the French capital.
‘PSG have told Leeds they value Kalimuendo at £22m’, Jacobs writes on his Twitter page.
There is ‘growing interest’ in the striker, with fellow Ligue 1 club Rennes ready to fight for his signature.
Luis Campos, Football Advisor at Parc des Princes, is “happy to sell now”, while coach Christophe Galtier is “not so happy”.
He built a ‘strong early relationship’ with the youngster and would prefer the club to offload Icardi first.
It certainly seems like a fair price for Kalimuendo if Leeds can get the deal done.
It is under contract at PSG for another two yearsso they’re still in a decent position, and he’s only 20 years old.
In addition, his track record is also very solid. He scored 12 Ligue 1 goals in 34 matches in Lens last season, an average every 181 minutes.
He also looks set to become a full-fledged French international, having struck four times in 12 caps for the Under-21s.
Similar in profile to Arnaut Danjuma, Luis Suarez and new West Ham signing Gianluca Scamacca, Kalimuendo features on the Golden Boy in the running for 2022.