AC Milan’s hopes of signing Charles De Ketelaere this week seem to have vanished but the management are still hoping to get the deal done soon, a report claims.
As reported today by Corriere dello Sport (via MilanNews), Milan raised their bid to €28m plus bonuses at the beginning of the week, and they are ready to up the ante again by sending a new offer to Club Brugge that is worth €30m plus bonuses plus a possible percentage on future resale.
The Belgian champions are now resigning themselves to the idea of losing their biggest talent while Milan are in a hurry to close the operation because they want to deliver the most important reinforcement to Stefano Pioli in the shortest time possible to aid the integration process.
Milan have set a target: they want the 21-year-old playmaker over in Italy undergoing his medical examinations by the middle of next week, a further sign of Maldini and Massara’s desire to close as soon as possible. An agreement with the player has already been found over a five-year contract worth €2m net per season.
After the Belgian Super Cup against Genk on Sunday, the decisive acceleration is expected. The Hakim Ziyech option remains alive if for whatever reason the De Ketelaere deal collapses.