Anthony Limbombe’s rise has been so sharp that from being concretely linked with a move to Leeds United not so many moons ago, he’s now in the position that he can snub a Premier League move.
Leeds United were repeatedly linked with Limbombe before he moved from NEC to Club Brugge, and had been tracking him for two years. There were claims of talks, and offers, but it fizzled out and the player went to Club Brugge.
Recently making his debut for Belgium, Limbombe is again at the centre of transfer talk. Belgian newspaper HLN have a feature on him in their Wednesday edition and say Huddersfield Town and Southampton are keen.
In France, a selection of top clubs are also said to be interested, and the estimated price has been at around €12-15m. Huddersfield and Southampton may well be confident in such a situation, but HLN point out Limbombe isn’t so keen on joining a team which may struggle against relegation, or in Southampton’s case, one which may well have suffered it.
That brings about the Bundesliga, with the player and his entourage said to have a preference for a move to Germany.
The English clubs haven’t been ruled out, one would think especially Huddersfield, but this time it doesn’t seem like the country’s homing beacon for talented footballers is having an impact.
Limbombe cost Club Brugge around €2m, Leeds United offered a little less. It must now be a sickener they missed out on a player they followed for so long, and one who is now a Belgium international.