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The Athletic reveal advantage Leeds United have over rival for Charles De Ketelaere swoop

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Leicester City have joined Leeds United in the race for Club Brugge’s Charles De Ketelaere, but the Whites hold a key advantage.

The search for further attacking recruitments is on at Leeds, and adding goals alongside Patrick Bamford’s contribution is vital for Jesse Marsch this summer.

Losing top-scorer Raphinha in the coming weeks will be a big blow that needs rectifying with at least one statement signing.

Charles De Ketelaere is one of the top names that has emerged on the club’s shortlist recently, with Leeds eyeing the Club Brugge star as someone to operate alongside Bamford up front as a false nine.

Having netted 18 goals and 10 assists in all competitions last season, the Belgian international is hot property.

The Athletic are reporting that alongside Leeds and AC Milan’s interest, Premier League rivals Leicester City are too keen on the 21-year-old this summer.

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However, the report does outline that Leeds’ distinct advantage is that as the Belgian holds a big price tag, Leeds are in a better place to pay up due to the imminent sales of both Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha.

Leeds could be in line for over £100million of income from these two sales, setting them up nicely for an ambitious spending spree, including a hopeful swoop for De Ketelaere.

We’re going to have a lot of money to throw at replacements for key players this summer, and it’s paramount we use it.

We can’t be looking to bring in cheap alternatives under Marsch and hoping to get by.

Three signings so far have improved our starting lineup significantly, but more will have to be done.

De Ketelaere would be an outstanding signing for us to pull off, and Milan’s interest is why – he’s a top, top talent.

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