Leicester City are among the clubs keeping a close eye on the progress of Club Brugge wunderkind Charles De Ketelaere.
A recent report from HLN has offered an update on the future of Charles De Ketelaere. The young Club Brugge attacker is currently one of the most in-demand players in Belgium, with a myriad of top clubs across Europe interested in his services.
AC Milan, Napoli and Atalanta have already kept a close eye on the winger’s progress in Bruges. However, it appears the Serie A trio are set to face stiff competition from Premier League club Leicester City in the pursuit of the youngster, who may leave Club Brugge at the end of the season.
A product of the Brugge youth academy, De Ketelaere has been one of the standout performers at the club ever since his breakthrough in the 2019/20 campaign. In under three seasons, the attacker has racked up over 100 competitive appearances, scoring 22 goals and making 19 assists.
In addition to his productivity in front of goal, the winger has impressed with his close control, speed, and ability to drift past opposition defenders at ease. His offensive partnership with Noa Lang is also indicative of his technical prowess in the final third, which is why the player has already established himself as a Belgian international, winning four caps for his country so far.
De Ketelaere’s rapid rise to prominence has now put Leicester City on red alert, with the Foxes prepared to splash the cash in pursuit of a new attacker next season.
The Foxes have endured a difficult campaign so far and may miss out on European football entirely. It could ultimately lead to the departure of star man Youri Tielemans, who remains a top target for Manchester United in the summer.
It appears Leicester City are prepared to use the money from the potential sale of Tielemans to fund a move for someone like De Ketelaere. At the age of just 20, the Belgian has a bright future ahead of him and could prove to be an ideal attacking partner for the likes of Patson Daka, James Maddison and Jamie Vardy.
However, Brendan Rodgers’ side are set to face stiff competition from Milan, Atalanta and Napoli in the pursuit of the young Belgian, who was also linked with a move to Tottenham last month.
Perhaps more importantly, the aforementioned report suggests the youngster may end up remaining at Club Brugge in the summer amid fears of losing his place in the Belgium team for the upcoming FIFA World Cup.