Positive talks on Friday between Charles De Ketelaere’s entourage and Atalanta seem to have paved the way for the operation to finally be completed.
Calciomercato.com recall how in recent days the negotiation had suffered a major slowdown, but the parties got back to work and now the meeting point seems ever closer. If no new problems arise, Monday 14 August could be the date of his medical.
An agreement was reached between Milan and Atalanta some time ago on the basis of a €3m loan with a €23m option to buy plus €4m in bonuses, with the Rossoneri having paid €35m to sign him a year ago.
If they were able to sell De Ketelaere permanently at those figures, they would avoid the risk of a capital loss considering the residual cost in the balance sheet.
The negotiation was blocked in recent days by the lack of agreement on the commissions to be allocated to the player’s agents and De Ketelaere’s request for salary in the event his loan did become permanent.
The Belgian wanted €3m net per season in order to stay at La Dea beyond next summer, while he currently earns €2.2m net with Milan.
While waiting for new developments on the negotiation, De Ketelaere’s adventure at Milan is over after a season with 40 total appearances – most of which came from the bench – and no goals.
A change in scenery was sought, but the 22-year-old’s will has always been to stay in Italy, so together with his entourage they chose to deepen contacts with Atalanta despite PSV Eindhoven and RC Lens trying.