Leeds offered the chance to sign Colombian forward Julian Quinones after missing out on Belgian ace Charles de Ketelaere, who is poised to sign for AC Milan
- Belgian striker Charles de Ketelaere was Leeds’ number one target this summer
- But he favours a move to AC Milan and will have a medical at the Serie A club
- The Whites have therefore turned their attentions to Colombian Julian Quinones
- The 25-year-old’s goals helped Atlas win the Clausura title in Mexico this year
- Jesse Marsch is looking to bolster his attacking options following Raphinha’s exit
Leeds have turned their attentions to Colombian forward Julian Quinones after missing out on signing Charles de Ketelaere from Club Brugge.
The 6ft 3in Belgian frontman was Jesse Marsch’s number one target in the transfer market this summer and the Whites were willing to pay £31million for him, but De Ketelaere has always favoured a move to AC Milan.
The Serie A side have not been able to match Leeds’ bid, but a deal has nonetheless been agreed as the 21-year-old was so keen to make the switch. He is poised to have a medical in Milan on Sunday.
Charles de Ketelaere has turned down a move to Leeds in favour of signing for AC Milan
It comes as a huge blow for Leeds, who are working hard to bolster their attack before the start of the Premier League season following Raphinha’s departure to Barcelona.
One option is 25-year-old Quinones, who they have been offered the chance to sign from Mexican club Atlas.
The forward, capped by Colombia at under-20 level, is naturally a central striker but is also capable of playing out on the wing.
The Whites have been offered the chance to sign Julian Quinones from Mexican club Atlas
Jesse Marsch is looking to bolster his attacking options following Raphinha’s exit to Barcelona
He only joined Atlas on a permanent deal at the start of this month after spending the last 12 months on loan at the club and has scored 15 goals in 44 games. His contract runs until 2026.
Quinones was named in the team of the season as Atlas won the Clausura title in the Mexican top-flight this year.
Compatriot Luis Sinisterra has already joined Leeds from Feyenoord this summer – one of six first-team signings that Marsch has made as he embarks on his first full campaign in the Elland Road dugout.