Milan Unlikely to Drag On De Ketelaere Talks for Long

Milan expect a resolution in the negotiation for Charles De Ketelaere by the end of this week. They will relaunch their efforts in the next 24/48 hours. They are ready to move on if they come up empty-handed, La Gazzetta dello Sport reports.

Reports from Belgium indicate that the Rossoneri have already given up the chase, but that is the case just yet. They are indeed having trouble coming to terms with Club Brugge, though. Their latest offer amounted to €32M, while the counterparty asked for more. They have received a €37M bid from Leeds United and expected the Serie A giants to match it. They initially requested €40M.

Milan are unlikely to put much more money on the table, but they will improve their proposal for De Ketelaere. The attacker continues to miss matches. Coach Carl Hoefkens commented:

“I would do anything for him, but this is starting to be too much.”

The Rossoneri have some fallback options, but they are not easier to sign, either for their price tags, their wages, or both. Piotr Zielinski has been added to the shortlist that comprises Hakim Ziyech, Nicolò Zaniolo and Marco Asensio.

Our Take on Milan Chasing After De Ketelaere

The saga is starting to reach the levels of the lengthy Inter ones for Gleison Bremer and Paulo Dybala. One has to wonder if the outcome will be the same because, generally, it is not a great sign when the stalemate goes on for so long. The aforementioned alternatives would all be more expensive, except Ziyech if he joined on loan. The right one probably has not popped up yet. The Scudetto winners might be considering relying on their in-house resources. Yacine Adli and Tommaso Pobega can take care of the role with their different traits.