Alexandre Braeckman has dropped a fresh update on the future of reported Leeds United transfer target Charles De Ketelaere.
In a recent post on Twitter, the Belgian RTL journalist revealed that, despite AC Milan having submitted a new offer of €33m (£27.7m) plus bonuses for the 21-year-old, the Serie A champions are still yet to reach an agreement with Club Brugge, who remain adamant on their €35m (£29.4m) asking price for the centre-forward.
This is sure to come as a huge boost to Victor Orta and Leeds, as the Premier League side are reported to have already made an offer of €37.5m (£31.8m) for the Belgium international, with Milan’s apparent reluctance to meet Brugge’s demands potentially paving the way for the Whites to land the striker.
In his tweet, Braeckman said: “No agreement between Brugge and Milan. Club wants €35m cash. Milan offers €33m [sic] and bonuses, no more. We, therefore, remain at an impasse. We are here today.”
While it is a near-certainty that Leeds supporters will be growing extremely tired of De Ketelaere’s summer transfer saga – the feeling is mutual – Braeckman’s latest update on the situation on AC Milan’s most recent failed bid for the forward is nevertheless sure to have left the Elland Road faithful buzzing.
Indeed, with many outlets reporting that the Rossoneri’s €33m proposal will be their final offer for the £27m-rated talent, it would now appear as if De Ketelaere is presented with two choices concerning his immediate future: remain at Brugge or move to Leeds.
Also, considering Phil Hay’s revelation that the Whites will be able to meet the 21-year-old’s wage demands, and with the club being able to offer the striker the platform of the Premier League in which he can showcase his ability before potentially securing a big-money move further down the line (see Raphinha), it would very much appear as if the youngster’s decision is an obvious one.
As such, while a move to the San Siro is not yet completely off the table for the eight-cap Belgian this summer, Braeckman’s latest update would very much appear to turn the tide in the pursuit of De Ketelaere’s signature back towards Leeds.
When taking into account the youngster’s undoubted ability, that is sure to delight everyone involved with the Whites.