Following a gruelling saga of negotiations and counter-negotiations between the parties involved, Milan have finally signed Charles De Ketelaere from Club Brugge.
As per Daniele Longo, Milan’s latest offer that earned them the permanent services of Charles De Ketelaere included a fixed part of €32 million plus bonuses of around €3 million.
The report claims that the player has agreed to a five-year contract with Milan. In his new contract at the Italian club, De Ketelaere will be pocketing a salary of around €2.2 million per season.
Having missed out on the signings of Renato Sanches and Sven Botman, the Rossoneri management was quite reluctant to give up on a deal for the young Belgian superstar.
However, negotiations with Club Brugge were not easy at all. Despite the player pushing for an exit, the Belgian first-division side seemed eager to keep hold of the 21-year-old for at least one more season.
The report even claims that De Ketelaere had to sacrifice a part of his salary to guarantee this move to Milan. He was not involved in any intense training either to avoid the possibility of sustaining a transfer-threatening injury.
In the end, the Rossoneri reached an agreement with the Blauw-Zwart over the transfer fee, with Milan agreeing to pay a fee of around €35 million (including bonuses) in return for the services of the Bruges-born versatile playmaker.
GIFN | Jyotirmoy Halder