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Competitors for top Leeds United target aiming to wrap up alternative target

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AC Milan are reportedly edging closer to signing Chelsea attacker Hakim Ziyech, perhaps opening the door for Leeds United to pursue their transfer targets unchallenged.

As we enter July and the start of pre-season, the transfer window is underway and clubs are working hard to strengthen for the new season, including Leeds United.

After three signings already, Leeds are looking for more to bolster their attack as they look to replace the soon-to-be departing Raphinha.

Both Charles De Ketelaere and Cody Gakpo have been linked with a move to Leeds in the past fortnight, with the club in need of adding the goals that they will be losing as Raphinha departs.

However, both of those players are also being closely monitored by AC Milan, with the Serie A champions looking to go from strength to strength in attack.

A significant challenge, Leeds would likely be out of the running for either of those targets, should Milan flex their power as one of Europe’s elite clubs, but they could be pursuing other options.

It has been reported by Fabrizio Romano that Milan have been in direct contact with Chelsea attacker Hakim Ziyech over a move to the San Siro:

With this deal, it is likely that Milan wouldn’t be pursuing De Ketelaere or Gakpo as aggressively as Leeds are looking to.

Will Leeds sign De Ketelaere?

Yes

Yes

No

No

I can’t see Milan looking to bring in Ziyech and then convincing De Ketelaere that he is going to get game time to progress his career.

They already have an attack full of talent, and adding the Moroccan international to the mix is a good signing, but doesn’t suggest they want De Ketelaere as much as we do.

Hopefully, we can use this to showcase that we’re the best option for him, knowing he’s a priority for us and will be starting.

Champions League football is a hugely tempting prospect that we can’t offer, but Raphinha’s development is all the proof he needs to see that we’re a viable destination.

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