Sky: Milan and Atalanta in ‘tug of war’ over De Ketelaere – return not excluded

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan are locked in a battle with Atalanta over Charles De Ketelaere as the two sides continue to disagree over a transfer fee, it is claimed.

As Sky are reporting, De Ketelaere’s permanent move to Atalanta has ‘become complicated’ because they are asking for a discount from Milan, who are instead set on receiving the €22m agreed last summer.

It is likely that the June 14 will pass, which is the deadline for exercising options to buy, and then the clubs will have to re-discuss the loan figures, with CDK however at that point returning to being the Rossoneri.

La Dea are asking for a discount because they feel they have leverage from the Belgian’s desire to stay with them. However, the fact that that revenue would be of great use to Milan for mercato planning means they are standing firm.

CDK is therefore divided between Bergamo and Milan. On the one hand is the certainty of still having a central role with Gian Piero Gasperini under whom he found a consistent role and repaid the faith with 14 goals and 11 assists.

On the other hand there is the possibility of returning to Milan, something that didn’t seem a possibility a few weeks ago. There, he would re-encounter a management that let him go after just one season, albeit one well below par.

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  1. We can easily sell him on, but him staying should not be an option.

    He has proven not to be good enough, also mentally, and now has the form to be sold for good money.

    1. He can good at ACM with Nonseca 4231 but need zirkzee to join first. He can swap position with zirkzee that like to carry the ball from mid and have most create chance on serie A. CDK can become poacher type stay near or inside penalty box

  2. Atalanta is such a greedy club. They never sell low, but at the same time they want to lower the price for CDK, while the deal is already a bargain. F off.

  3. Part of the bussines. Hope atalanta at the end buys him. If they don’t, it will be hard to sell him for those numbers as he is not good enough for that kind of money.

  4. The question I ask myself is, has CDK grown enough at Atalanta to withstand the lights at San Siro? And I still don’t know if I can answer that question if he were to return to Milan.

    Nor whether he would fit in anywhere in our system… But I do think that if we shopped him around we could offload him at higher numbers given how his season went.

  5. Usual Atalanta shenanigans. They’ll just ry and sell him to Chelsea in2 seasons for 70mil anyway. No discounts, buy him or lose him and we’ll sell him elsewhere

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