Sky: How failure to get De Ketelaere would substantially change Milan’s mercato plans

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan’s market strategy could change in a big way if they do not get Charles De Ketelaere from Club Brugge, a report claims.

According to a report from Gianluca Di Marzio for Sky (via MilanEye), Milan will meet Club Brugge to understand if there are the margins to sign De Ketelaere for around €32m, and there is a chance they could yet walk away.

If they feel that Club Brugge are trying to create a bidding war using offers from the Premier League (Leeds have been strongly linked), Milan would end talks and go for a player like Hakim Ziyech of Chelsea.

Therefore, there is a crossroads at present. If Milan successfully close the deal for De Ketelaere they will then go to reinforce the remaining departments with a central midfielder and a centre-back that will not cost too much.

If they get Ziyech (most likely on an initial loan) they will pursue a more costly midfielder or defender, thus diverting some of the available funds.

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  1. Milan can’t expect everything to be perfectly on their terms when they want such a good young talent. Articles constantly say that’s he’s our n°1 target and we’re prepared to invest a lot in him yet considering he’s our n°1 target Elliott/Redbird or whoever at the current time is funding these transfers can’t give us a decent enough amount of cash when we just won the Scudetto is an absolute disgrace. Last year we just got UCL and we were given an 80 Mil budget to make many signings permanent and yet the season where hypothetically we have gained the most money in a while it seems like the budget is smaller than last year. I’m no financial expert so maybe I’m not understanding some key things but it’s just frustrating as a Milan fan because after such a painful wait, we finally won a trophy so obviously after winning, as fans the next step is for Milan to have some consistency and constantly be at the top and not have 2 positive seasons then start dropping off again. Maybe I’m overreacting and maybe I’m being too negative but you can’t blame people for being frustrated, after all we just won the Scudetto, have loads of new sponsors compared to recent years, have gotten UCL for the second season in a row and above all have new owners and when you have new owners, USUALLY the first transfer window with them there is usually an influx in cash spent (maybe not a huge influx for the most part but you see an increase nonetheless) while so far it seems like our budget is tighter than ever. I hope I’m wrong and I hope we end this week with the signing of De Ketelaere and even more because at the end of the day whatever is happening I will always be a Milan fan. SempreMilan ⚫🔴

    1. This whole “when we just won a Scudetto” thing doesn’t mean that much in terms of budgeting. It’s not like you get 100m for winning Serie A and nothing for coming second.

      It makes 4 million Euros difference. It also slightly increases the chance of qualifying for the second round of the UCL, which is the bigger financial incentive (worth ~€15m IIRC), but there’s a chance of that not happening either.

      And sure it’ll help get a few more Euros from sponsors, but nothing significant.

  2. But you have strengthen from a position of strength, Adam Summerton was alluding to this on the podcast. I think the status quo is already back with Inter and Juve. Two quality players in the 3 will make the world of difference. I feel confident that Giroud will score goals with better service. I’m not being negative, I love our squad, we don’t need much, Adli is a very exciting prospect, I could even see him playing deeper a la Pirlo, he has great feet, great technique and passing…I don’t want to see Maldini spending huge on players when he has the ability to see the Theo’s, Tonali’s, Tomori’s, but if we can’t get the CDK deal over the line there’s an issue. Barca are skint and look at them 😁

    CDK should he affordable, we’ve not been decisive enough in the market, I can see an Arsenal come in for him and scupper the deal. For the right wing I’d still go for Zaniolo on a loan with option. Roma want rid, Juve have Di Maria and others, he fits our profile well. The loan option gives us the chance to assess his fitness.

    Then there’s Belotti. I know he’s not hugely favoured by some, but he’s a good age, he wants to be at Milan, he has a good goal rate at Torino, he knows the league, I think he’s a safe bet to score goals. He’s the perfect stop gap and I still expect it to happen. Origi doesn’t fill me with confidence, he’s a good player but not sure of his position. If Belotti is available I think he’s worth it.

  3. CDK is not worth that money, missing out on Dybala will hurt the most this season.

    Dybala and delefeou would have been the perfect mercato, coupled with a MD and CB.

    Milan are just fantasized about his age and future sale, that they neglect what this team needs…..Adli and Diaz (rebic can play there) is enough for AMF, why waste 35m on a raw youth that is not even the best player in his team in Belgium.

    Dybala and delofoeu or nao lang would have been perfect , coupled with Sanchez and a CB.

    35m on this dude is not worth it, he is just another young player out there, he is not even the best In club brugge

  4. We’ve let go 4-5 players already and only get origi as new signing, and his still injured. Further more we haven’t extended/amend contracts for our serie A winning players. I’m so confused.

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