Journalist claims De Ketelaere is ‘tempted by Milan’ – De Bruyne ‘has taken him under his wing’

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan have a concrete interest in signing Charles De Ketelaere from Club Brugge, and there are the conditions to get the operation completed.

MilanNews spoke to Alexandre Braeckman – a journalist for RTL Sport in Belgium – about the situation and whether the Rossoneri could get things done. He claims that Brugge are ‘aiming for a figure of around 40 million euros’ in order to sell the 21-year-old, and if Milan ‘are able to get there with bonuses then they should be fine’.

Otherwise, he could depart for a figure of €30-35m, but ‘this would require a player to take a stance to facilitate an exit’, thus implying that pressure would be needed from De Ketelaere himself.

Brugge are ‘willing’ to sell De Ketelaere in the summer window, but they know they could convince the player to stay another season to try boost his chances of having a bigger role at the World Cup in Qatar.

Braeckman adds that De Ketelaere is ‘clearly tempted by Milan’ and among the suitors who have come forward, the Rossoneri have his ‘priority’.

When asked if he is the No.10 of the future, Braeckman responded as follows: “It’s hard to say, of course, but I can say that Kevin De Bruyne, for example, in the national team has taken him under his wing: he gives him a lot of advice. Eden Hazard does too. Charles has incredible potential, he can become a world-class player. You just have to give it time.”

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