The most obvious comparison, which a lot of people have made already, is with Sagan. He's the kind of rider that you can safely build a team around, and I expect Lotto will want to do so. Quickstep as well, but as you say, there you have the 'problem' Evenepoel. I don't see why Quickstep couldn't have 'bought' Laporte though, it's not like Jumbo has an Ineos or UAE scale of budget.I agree that it would be more compatible than with a Jakobsen for example (that's just an absolute no go) but I don't agree that De Lie doesn't need a good leadout train. Placing is still a huge weakness for him, and definitely in real bunch sprints. The comparison with Van Aert is just not there. I wouldn't even call Van Aert a sprinter. He's the best allrounder in the world. De Lie isn't the best rouleur and he is too heavy to become a decent climber. I see him more as a Kritsoff type in that sense. If Remco really wants to win the Tour, I don't think there's a spot for a sprinter that needs like 3 guys around him atleast. Or not in a team like QS that can't just buy leadout riders that are also really good for a GC rider, like Laporte for example.
Anyways it's too early to tell anyways. I expect Lotto trying to come up with money (either extra from sponsors or hoping Ewan wants to get out of his contract) this year and try to extend his contract till '26. If it doesn't happen by the end of the year, then I'll start worrying.