TMW: Atalanta push to close De Ketelaere deal as three other teams show interest

By Oliver Fisher -

The negotiation for the transfer of Charles De Ketelaere from AC Milan to Atalanta continues, and they remain the favourites to land him.

According to a report from TMW, Wolfsburg, Fulham and Real Sociedad are all interested but at present Atalanta remain the first choice destination for the the Belgian attacking midfielder because he is convinced that their project is the best.

The player has agreed to keep the contract currently in place with Milan and the salary level, but work is underway to find the balance on a signing bonus and on commissions linked to the option to buy being triggered.

There was an initial meeting at La Dea’s Zingonia headquarters on Tuesday, a new discussion yesterday and again today the parties will talk to each other again to find a balance.

An agreement with Milan has already been found on the basis of a €3m paid loan with a €26m option to buy plus another €4m in bonuses, thus an operation worth a potential €33m.

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  1. The audacity to try to get salary rise and commission as if he had a successful season last year.
    If he concerns about his future, he should join atalanta.

    1. I can’t blame him because he didn’t intend to leave the team this summer, but imo he should be sold for at least 20 million + add ons so the club can reinvest that money on a solid striker.

    2. True. Money comes with performance and he should’ve been more concerned to relaunch his career since he’s young. Time flies so fast in footballing career, 1 wrong step and sometimes there’s no 2nd chance.

    3. I don’t really care what he wants, we should sell him outright and put the money towards a much needed striker, teams in PL lining up to pay €20m and higher wages to him (let’s face it they spending a lot more on a lot less at the moment)

      Forget cheap-ass Atlanta, if you want him gone, get a clean break forget sell on clauses, just sell him and move on or keep him and integrate him back into the squad and system.

      Atlanta playing hard ball with Man U and. wanting us to give CDK with option to buy, use him all season and then return him to us if they feel he is not worth the money, yeah we charge €3m for a paid loan but what is that really, Atlanta just paying €5m in total (€3m loan fee, €2m wages), not a big risk and we could be stuck with him next season again and his value would have plumated to around €10m or less!

      I think it’s a fail for the management if this deal goes through.

      Get the cash !!!, Get a striker!!

      1. Yeah sure but if CDK vetoes any other move because he wants Atalanta, there is nothing our management can do. See Origi, several possibilities but he vetoed them all and we are still stuck with him. If a player doesn’t want to sign with a team and he’s still under contract with him, we can’t force him to sign. At this point I just want CDK gone, period. It an Atalanta loan is the only thing he’ll sign for, so be it.

  2. Did CDK want to join Milan in the first place or his club just sold him because we came knocking because this is causing unnecessary drama.

    1. He wanted to join Milan, his current salary is smaller than his salary demand as he settle for less salary in order to join Milan. He won’t settle for it if it was Atalanta.

  3. Did CDK want to join Milan in the first place or his club just sold him because we came knocking because this is causing unnecessary drama.

  4. If pioli should allow this guy play his game surely we will see his best. Milan are demanding immediate action and success but we are fast to forget that the best player in Milan today was almost sent back to his former club.
    This is a player who went to the World Cup despite not playing good as others said
    I am sure no new player except chukwueze who’s better then him
    Milan has had the history of their new arrival performing better in second season since 1982 till date
    CDK is talented young fast and he needs time and this season is his time
    Give him chance. Non of you guys here was very good at age 2. So allow him to b.
    Pioli is the one to go and you all will see it very soon let leao and Theo have injury or suspension you guys will understand my point

  5. Don’t we think Pioli has to be blame the way he has managed the team last season which affected some players including CDK and I won’t even mention Adli. Therefore, I believe that we didn’t see the best of CDK and other players because of the manager, let’s hope Pioli does not continue to be Pioli this season as he was last season. If you ask me he should be loaned and not sold and I also believe he is a far better player than what was on show last season, because of our coach.

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