Transfer News: Leicester City set to beat Chelsea in the race for talented Belgian starlet
Transfer News: Leicester City set to beat Chelsea to the signing of Charles De Ketelaere
According to Foot Mercato journalist Santi Aouna via (h/t LeicestershireLive), Leicester City look set to make their first move to land Chelsea target Charles De Ketelaere and in the upcoming summer transfer window.
De Ketelaere has emerged as a sensation for Club Brugge in the Jupiler Pro League. The 20-year-old attacking midfielder has been very active in front of the goal and has already bagged 12 goals and assists in 30 appearances this season.
The impressive performances have put him on the radar of giant Premier League teams. Chelsea have been interested in luring the youngster, however, they faced stiff competition from Tottenham Hotspur. However, now it is believed that Leicester City have the edge over both London teams in the race.
Foot Mercato journalist Santi Aouna suggested that the Foxes have been tracking the growth of the Belgian starlet for a long time. Brendan Rodgers’ team are confident and can launch their offer as soon as the coming summer window.
“Leicester is very interested in Charles De Ketelaere from Club Brugge KV. Scouted on numerous occasions, the Foxes should make an offer for the Belgian prodigy for next summer.”
Chelsea forwards have struggled to put together consistent performances this season. Club record signing Romelu Lukaku has been descent throughout the campaign and his latest controversial interview has put his future at Stamford Bridge in hot waters. In addition, Timo Werner’s goalscoring form has been poor which is a major concern for Thomas Tuchel’s team.
De Ketelaere’s versatility could become a massive advantage to the squad. The 20-year-old can play in the Centre half, both wing and an attacking midfield position in the term.
Thomas Tuchel was pushed to play Kai Havertz in the centre forward role several times amid the absence of key strikers. Thus, the German manager would get a natural player in De Ketelaere who can comfortably play such roles when needed.
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However, Leicester City has shown aggression in the race and Marina Granovskaia’s board need to be quick-witted to scintillate the signature of the Belgian prodigy. Blues would likely have a better financial backing and a better sporting project than the Foxes which could help the North London team to convince the starlet.
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