De Ketelaere Finally Seals Move from Milan to Atalanta

Charles De Ketelaere is officially a new Atalanta player. The Belgian midfielder completed his awaited switch to La Dea with some delay originating from some issues in the negotiation with his camp. Instead, the talks with Milan progressed smoothly.

According to Tuttomercatoweb, the Bergamaschi are paying €3M for the initial season-long spell. They’ll have the right to buy him out for €26M. If that happens, the Rossoneri could receive €4M add-ons depending on how he fares down the line.

De Ketelaere will ink a four-year contract should he stay at Atalanta permanently. Its details and the commissions took a while to get sorted. However, both parties were determined to get the deal done since Milan had shown him the door.

The starlet will look to bounce back with the Orobici after struggling in his maiden season in Serie A following a €35M transfer from Club Brugge. He lost the duel for the starting job with Brahim Diaz but appeared 40 times. However, he made just 12 starts and failed to score.

Our Take on Atalanta Adding De Ketelaere

The Nerazzurri are basically disregarding his Milan campaign, hoping he’ll quickly return to his Club Brugge levels and add to their frontline an element of technique and playmaking they haven’t had since Josip Ilicic and Alejandro Gomez left. Whether he really has it in him, it’s a big question mark, though.

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