Atalanta Ultimately Buying Out De Ketelaere from Milan

Charles De Ketelaere is staying at Atalanta permanently following a bounce-back season. The negotiation between the parties produced just a technical adjustment of the previously agreed-upon figures. La Dea will still pay €22M. The 10 percent re-sale clause will be the same, Mediaset informs.

The Belgian attacker recorded 14 goals and 11 assists in his first campaign in Bergamo. He has tallied just one helper in his 40 matches with the Rossoneri, struggling to find the right role.

Considering the amortization, Milan will be able to record a small plusvalenza on De Ketelaere, which wouldn’t have been the case had they sold him to Atalanta outright last summer. His residual cost on their balance sheets was €21.97M, Calcio e Finanza reports. They had paid €36.5M to purchase him from Club Brugge. His former side is still entitled to €2M add-ons and 12 percent of the fee for his departure.

Despite the agreement with Milan, Atalanta will keep pursuing Nicolò Zaniolo, Alfredo Pedullà relays. The deal could happen quickly as Galatasaray are open to negotiating. The Bergamaschi received positive updates on his fitness level. He missed Euro 2024 due to a foot microfracture. The ball is in their court.

Our Take on Atalanta, De Ketelaere, and Zaniolo

It didn’t make much sense for La Dea to have doubts, and the minor issues were probably just related to some monthly pay, Club Brugges’ bonuses, or installments. Instead, it’s interesting that they are going after Zaniolo as well. Gian Piero Gasperini likes a deep frontline, and they might switch to a purer 3-4-3 permanently if they lost Teun Koopmeiners, or simply use him in the midfield, where they are paper thin.

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