The race for Tajon Buchanan is heating up.
The Canadian international has been drawing interest from the top five leagues in Europe ever since he impressed for Canada during a spirited World Cup campaign in Qatar, with numerous Italian Serie A clubs interested before the January transfer window closed.
Inter Milan were keen to bring him in to replace Denzel Dumfries, but a move for the Dutchman never transpired last month. And now Inter are reportedly second in the race, with Leeds United jumping ahead, according to Italian media house Calciomercato writer Raffaele Amato.
The reports also states that Club Brugge have set a price of €30 million ($43 million CAD) for the Canadian winger, but there’s a chance they may settle for a €25 million ($36 million CAD).
Inter have sent scouts to watch Buchanan on numerous occasions, but they may need to act quickly or risk losing out to Leeds. Other Premier League clubs are also thought to be keen on Buchanan.
The Whites brought in two wingers, Luis Sinisterra and Wilfried Gnonto, at the start of the season. Neither have the pace nor all-rounder skillset that Buchanan possesses.
The Brampton native has been one of the most versatile players in Europe this season, playing on both wings, in both wing-back positions, and in full-back positions too.
Leeds, who are ranked in the bottom five in goals conceded in the Premier League this season, seem to be eager to bring in a winger like Buchanan who has the work rate to help defensively as well. The Yorkshire club have just one natural right winger in Crysencio Summerville, so adding Buchanan would improve their depth.
After having established contact over the summer with Brugge for a potential transfer for Charles De Ketelaere, who eventually moved to AC Milan, Leeds may pull ahead of Inter to secure the signature of the Canadian.
Buchanan’s future is a major topic to watch in the coming weeks.