AC Milan seem to have made the decision to let Charles De Ketelaere head out on loan and there are multiple factors behind the call, a report claims.
As MilanNews writes, the fact De Ketelaere remained on the bench for all 90 minutes in the friendly match in Las Vegas against Barcelona – combined with the handful of minutes against Real Madrid and Juventus – was a rather clear signal of what was to come.
De Ketelaere is not an integral part of the Milan project and the Rossoneri management will not oppose his potential sale. Interest arose from Aston Villa and PSV above all, but it was Atalanta who presented Milan with a proposal that has already been accepted.
If the Belgian approves the transfer, the deal will be concluded on the basis of €3m loan plus a €23m option to buy and no buy-back clause. If he were to be bought in 2024, a capital gain of €1.7m would be recorded while 100% of his salary for next season is saved.
However, there is not only an economic motivation behind the sale of De Ketelaere. It is clear that the reasons are above all tactical because he never fit into Pioli’s plans while the change of formation to a 4-3-3 leaves him even more on the outer edges.
Milan think they can do without De Ketelaere even if he were to end up having positive season with Gian Piero Gasperini. Giorgio Furlani, therefore, is assuming a controlled risk.