Aston Villa Could Offer Escape Route to Milan Misfit

Aston Villa have laid eyes on Charles De Ketelaere, who could depart Milan after just one season. The first offer from the Premier League side was lower than the Rossoneri’s request, but not by a lot.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Birmingham-based outfit tendered €25M. The Italian counterparty has set a €30M price tag. They must get at least €28M to avoid a loss. They spent €35M to acquire him from Club Brugge last summer.

A small raise could allow Aston Villa to seal the deal, should De Ketelaere okay the move. He made 40 appearances in 2022/2023. However, he started just 13 times, as he lost the duel with Brahim Diaz and failed to score.

Despite the departure of the Spaniard, who has returned to Real Madrid, the Belgian prodigy is unlikely to obtain a major role. Coach Stefano Pioli is testing a scheme that doesn’t have a no.10, 4-3-3.

Our Take on Aston Villa, Milan, and De Ketelaere

It would be one of the side effects of the departure of Paolo Maldini, as the Rossoneri were very patient with their talents in the past. They would have never witnessed Rafael Leao and Sandro Tonali blooming if they had been so hasty. His first campaign was borderline dispiriting, but a quick departure would still be tough to swallow.

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