Leeds United are reportedly nearing a club-record move to sign Hoffenheim wonderkid Georginio Rutter with a deal expected to be north of £30million – but who is the young Frenchman? Here are five facts on Rutter as Leeds close in:
Five facts on Rutter as Leeds close in:
1 – Rutter’s history and career stats, at Rennes and Hoffenheim
It has been a very impressive start. Joining the Rennes academy in 2017, he broke into the Ligue 1 side’s team – scoring once in five games. That earned him a move to Hoffenheim, where he has 11 goals and eight assists in 64 appearances.
2 – Illan Meslier’s knows him well, played together
His form for Hoffenheim saw him win caps for France’s Under-21 side in 2022, playing alongside Illan Meslier in a 1-0 win over Germany. Meslier himself has dropped a hint over a potential Leeds move for the striker, liking a Twitter post.
3 – Same agent as Liverpool and Newcastle stars
TransferMarkt report that Rutter is looked after by well-renowned agency ROGON. Liverpool star Roberto Firmino and Newcastle’s improving star Joelinton are among the huge clientele that ROGON boast – as well as French star Rutter.
4 – Arsenal and Newcastle interest back in 2020
Back in 2020, GFFN carried a L’Equipe report that said Arsenal and Newcastle were keen on a move to sign Rutter. This was during his Rennes days, but it did not happen. 18 months later, he went to Germany – where he has since shined.
5 – The state of play – how close are Leeds to signing Rutter?
So, how close are Leeds? Fabrizio Romano says Leeds are in the latter stages of securing a deal for Rutter. 90Min say Leeds are planning a deal that could be worth £35m. It would see him become our record transfer, ahead of Rodrigo.