Leeds United are working hard behind the scenes to bolster their squad before the transfer window slams shut on August 31.
Having made three first-team signings so far this summer with Junior Firpo arriving from Barcelona to fill the void at left-back, whilst Kristoffer Klaesson joined to provide some much-needed back up for Illan Meslier. Jack Harrison also signed permanently.
That may or may not be all the business Leeds do, but they continue to be linked with a number of players including Club Brugge forward Noa Lang.
Leeds Live have collated all the latest information on the Dutchman as the rumours have persisted and you can see below how the story has developed.
The Whites have reportedly reached an agreement over a contract for Lang, according to the latest in Belgium.
The winger has been linked with Bielsa’s side throughout the summer, but this is the closest a deal is reported to have come with this fresh update putting Victor Orta close to agreeing a deal.
According to Voetbal Belgie, the Whites have agreed personal terms on a deal with Lang and his representatives ahead of a potential switch to Elland Road.
The club are now claimed to be in negotiations with Club Brugge as they look to work out an agreement over a fee.
Lang has already rejected an improved contract at Brugge as he looks to take the next step in his career.
Bielsa’s preferred signing?
Lang is one of several options which have been discussed by Leeds in their search to bolster Marcelo Bielsa’s attacking options.
Lang or Rangers’ Ryan Kent seem to be favoured by Leeds fans online but it remains to be seen if that is the case for the Leeds head coach.
The Argentine is still a huge fan of Manchester United’s Dan James after the club came so close to securing his signature in Bielsa’s first season at the club, only to see Swansea renege on the deal and the transfer deadline pass.
In a Q&A on The Athletic, a fan asked; ‘Winger; James, Kent or Lang?”
The reply came: “My gut feeling is that Bielsa would prefer Kent or James. But whether Leeds will do any of them, or whether when it comes to it Bielsa will actually insist on any of them, is really difficult to tell.”
Brugge stance made clear
Club Brugge boss Philippe Clement has discussed Lang’s future following their sale of fellow forward Emmanuel Dennis to Premier League new boys Watford.
Speaking to Sporza, in quotes relayed by Voetbal Nieuws, he said: “Today, we are in a different situation. We can now refuse certain offers. Our strong players will only leave for really large amounts.”
Whilst the links to Lang have gone on throughout the summer, there are questions over whether Bielsa himself is interested in the player.
Fabrizio Romano said yesterday that Leeds were ‘not negotiating for Lang’.
Dutch outlet reveals price tag
GVA – based in Lang’s native Netherlands – reported that Brugge would only be interested in selling Lang for €25 million (£21.3m), which is their outgoing transfer record.
Leeds spent upwards of that figure on Rodrigo Moreno last summer but it would place Lang amongst the club’s most expensive signings if a deal was agreed.