CorSport: Milan’s pursuit of a new centre-back depends on De Ketelaere – the reason

By Oliver Fisher -

The defensive target that AC Milan fully commit to signing will depend on the Charles De Ketelaere operation, according to a report.

Today’s edition of Corriere dello Sport (via PianetaMilan) confirms that Milan’s pursuit of a new centre-back is a battle between Japhet Tanganga and Evan N’Dicka and it depends on De Ketelaere from a budgetary stand point.

If Milan managed to acquire the Belgian talent, they would in fact use up around 60% of the budget at their disposal, which is around €50m. That is why they would then favour a centre-back joining on an initial loan with an option to buy. In that case, it would be Tanganga in the front row after the talks with Fabio Paratici.

However, if De Ketelaere were to not join and a profile like Hakim Ziyech came instead – who would arrive on loan with an option to buy from Chelsea – that would then mean that Milan would have more to invest this summer on a defender.

The favourite would become N’Dicka, whose contract with Eintracht Frankfurt will expire on 30 June 2023, meaning that he can purchased outright for €15-20m.

Tags AC Milan Charles De Ketelaere Evan N’Dicka Japhet Tanganga


  1. Guys you lost it 🤣 Milan if they acquire CDK first we don’t know the final offer and second for ndicka it’s 90% we can afford him in wages we have good amount so we can get CDK (bought) hopefully Tanganga (on loan with the option to buy) and ndicka (brought)

  2. Be creative, generate some extra cash by selling some players and get Ndicka and solve the issue in defense for at least the next 5 years.
    Tanganga is just a band aid. Plus Milan already has 2 very similar players in Tomori and Kalulu.
    Ndicka will bring different qualities that are needed like size and being left footed. Currently the only left footed defender Milan has is Theo.
    If there is no money for Ndicka, at least go get Diallo from PSG on loan who can play both left CB and a left back

    1. €50 M is the media prediction. Milan themself never said their budget is only 50. It could be more just like last season with Milan spent around €80 M for:

      – Maignan (€15 M)
      – Tomori (€28 M)
      – Tonali (€17 M)
      – Balo Toure (€5 M)
      – Messias (€2.6 M)
      – Lazetic (€4 M)
      – Adli (€8 M)

      There’s no good reason why Milan should say to the public or fans about their transfer budget because any club will take advantage of that by increasing the prices more than the market value.

    2. Our revenue (20/21) is still only 1/2 of what Juve is making (€200m to their €433m). And that’s nothing compared to PSG, Liverpool, City, Real etc. at +€550m. Lighty is right. It’s a sad situation, but it is what it is.

  3. Why not go for Milenkovic from Fiorentina, he is on an expiring contract as well, will cost around 15mil. Knows seria A very well and is well known to Pioli who coached him in the past. I think him and Tomori would be the perfect partnership for years to come, and they suit Pioli tactics great. Ndicka might be a bit slow for Pioli tactics (Theo constant forward runs might expose him) and Tangana is the same as Tomori, good on the ground but with two “small” CB’s we might get exposed in the air. We need some one like Kjaer but faster and i think Milenkovic is exactly that.

    1. Judging solely by a highlights, Ndicka are not slow. He could be considered fast for a player his size (192 cm, similar to Milenkovic), great at playing in a high pressing back line, comfortable with ball at his feet, and can also play as a LB. Milenkovic also a great CB with experiences in serie A… But there were rumour that Inter also wanted him.

  4. It may not even be wise to spend 32-35M on CDK at this point if that is all the $$ we have. We need a RW desperately. CDK is not a RW naturally and lacks top end speed to play that position on a regular basis unfortunately. Perhaps we have to make due with Adli (who will eventually be a star) at CAM and hope Diaz finally turns it around and Krunic backup. Sign Sanches (who can play both DM and CAM (if needed)) and sign N’Dicka. RW, Sanches and N’Dicka and play Adli/Diaz/Krunic as CAM and it seems that is the best we can hope for at this point. I guess it’s Ziyech at RW then who knows. Feel bad for M&M who constantly have to squeeze water out of a rock so to speak. If they were with a club that had a real budget they would bring them to CL finals.

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