Championship club Leeds United has reportedly lowered the price tag on Pascal Struijk to fifteen million euros. The 24-year-old central defender, who wore the captain's armband in recent weeks for the club that was relegated from the Premier League last season, is said to be (again) in the sights of Belgian side Club Brugge.Embed from Getty Images
Belgian transfer expert Sacha Tavolieri reports in his YouTube series that Club Brugge is considering making another attempt to sign Pascal Struijk this coming winter.
The defender had already attracted interest from the top club last summer, but they ultimately balked at the asking price of reportedly seventeen million euros. That amount has apparently dropped by two million euros, possibly prompting Club Brugge to take their chance.
Struijk played in the youth academies of both ADO Den Haag and Ajax but moved to Leeds before making his professional debut in the winter of 2020. In England, he made his debut that same season at the second level, but he really broke through after the club was promoted to the Premier League. He played frequently in that league for three years, but last season Struijk couldn't prevent the club from being relegated after three years.
After the relegation, Struijk, along with Crysencio Summerville, remained loyal to Leeds United. This season, he has played fifteen matches in the Championship so far, consistently as the captain in recent weeks. Leeds is currently third in the Championship, trailing behind leaders Leicester City and Ipswich Town. Struijk has continued to impress this year, leading Voetbal International journalist Suleyman Öztürk to recently suggest him for a spot in the Dutch national team. Struijk played his youth internationals for the Netherlands and was part of the preliminary squad under Louis van Gaal, but he has yet to debut for Oranje. Since he was born in Deurne, Belgium, Struijk could also choose to play for that country, but last year he made it clear that he intends to play for the Netherlands.Updated: 11:12, 17 Nov 2023