Atalanta and Milan Find Common Ground Over De Ketelaere

Atalanta and Milan have clinched a loan agreement over Charles De Ketelaere’s move to Bergamo. Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano claims La Dea have received Rossoneri’s go-ahead to discuss personal terms with their second-string playmaker.

Per Romano, Atalanta would pour around €3 million into Milan’s coffers to take De Ketelaere on a season-long loan. Though they’ve refused to include a mandatory buyout clause, La Dea will have the option to purchase the 22-year-old for a reported fee of €22m.

To sweeten the deal, Atalanta have inserted a 10% sell-on clause. After failing to come to terms with Fulham and PSV Eindhoven, Milan have embraced the Bergamo outfit’s proposal with open arms. Stefano Pioli has been trying to offload the Belgian since the start of the summer.

Milan’s stellar recruitment campaign, especially in the attacking areas, has closed the door for De Ketelaere. It’s fair to say the youngster did it to himself with an embarrassing first season in Serie A. But despite his struggle at San Siro, Atalanta are ready to offer him a lifeline. 

It’s now entirely up to the player. Since his long-term prospects at Milan are dead in the water, De Ketelaere would be silly to skip this opportunity. He has received a chance to be part of Gian Piero Gasperini’s ambitious project.

El Bilal Toure, Mitchel Bakker, and Sead Kolasinac have all joined Atalanta this summer. West Ham United’s Gianluca Scamacca is next in line after the Italians agreed the final details with the Premier League side.

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