Reports: De Ketelaere ready to make a Tonali-esque sacrifice to facilitate Milan move

By Oliver Fisher -

Charles De Ketelaere is willing to make a personal economic sacrifice in order to facilitate his move from Club Brugge to AC Milan, a report claims.

Sportitalia (via MilanLive) are reporting that De Ketelaere has expressed a willingness to lower his salary compared to what he has been offered by Milan in order to help push things through, and Radio Rossonera confirm this news. Milan offered a deal worth €2.7m net per season and the 21-year-old would agree to earn around €2.2m.

It is move that shows how much the Belgium international wants to join the Rossoneri and it must be remembered that Sandro Tonali also did the same thing in the summer of 2021 to facilitate his permanent move from Brescia to Milan.  De Ketelaere wants to take the next step in his and he already said no to other interest from teams like Leeds United.

What does taking a pay cut mean? It has been reported that Milan were anywhere from €3-5m short in their offer to Brugge, so if De Ketelaere went from a €2.7m net salary over five years (€13.5m) to €2.2m (€11m) then it lowers the overall cost of the operation.

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  1. I was thinking about Kessie, we really gonna need a player like him, he was was really calm with the ball and could easily shield it to earn a freekick or something when we were in difficulties during a game. Who do you guys think will step up now?

  2. ffs they are so cheap. Imagine hom much cash we saving now taht Ibra is under new contract and minus Kessie and Romagnoli salary and they still going full uncle scrooge.
    Take a fukcing loan, pay brugge 35M€ and thats it. Thats how footbal clubs operate anyway. Barca broke af and still manages to spend, spend, spend, wonder how

    1. “Barca broke af and still manages to spend, spend, spend, wonder how”

      Because all clubs aren’t treated equally by UEFA’s FFP. That’s how.

  3. Just waiting this deal finally become 111% crystal clear certified, to write some little things about the infamous ‘doom & gloom’ bunch…

  4. Shame on our owners a player here is a one who is making stride if it’s true…..we lost millions because of stiny owners Donna wanted 9 m fine pay him then sell him next he would have been sold for 60 m odd that’s saves 48 m at least….but but our elliot why would they spend 9 m for a season knowing they aren’t for long run…they here to save every penny short term….this short term vision paid us we lost kessie Donna roma and well hakan doesn’t deserve to be mentioned…..this short term vision made us come this far we need replacements….some one said to spend we need to make money but my friend to earn money in business you need to spend a bit…literally this whole cdk saga have been embarrassment for us…..hats off Maldini and massara and pioli whose magic of making players believe that sky is the limit made us own title……now I know ppl will start bashing me but i would request a bit of being civilised will work….

  5. Reading the comments here makes this site look like there’s only whiny little drama queens around. What’s really embarrasing is the constant whining here.

    So Elliott isn’t splashing out 100M€ this summer? Get over it!

    Milan has a competitive enough squad and with CDK it’ll be even more competitive. What is needed here is to qualify to UCL next season as well and make a positive financial year (ie. turn the losses into profits) and then make a good mercato next year to fight for the place in the UCL final.

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