AC Milan Unveil New Signing Charles De Ketelaere
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Newcastle transfer news: Magpies tried to sign Charles De Ketelaere

Newcastle United made inquiries about signing Charles De Ketelaere this summer.

The Belgian youngster has just completed a move from Club Brugge to AC Milan. He’s signed a five-year deal with the Italian giants, costing £30million.

It’s a big signing for AC Milan, who have so far had a frustrating summer. The Sven Botman saga ended in despair for them and joy for Newcastle, after Eddie Howe’s side won the race for the 22-year-old.

Then they have lost out to PSG for Portuguese midfielder Renato Sanches. But it’s been third time lucky with De Ketelaere, despite lots of interest from elsewhere, including Newcastle.


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Agent confirms Newcastle interest in De Ketelaere

Following his move to AC Milan, De Ketelaere’s representatives have spoken to Belgian outlet Het Laaste Nieuws.

They confirmed that plenty of other teams were interested in their client, particularly from the Premier League.

“On Charles, there were West Ham, Newcastle and Arsenal,” De Ketelaere’s agent said.

“But, with them, the conversation never moved on. Barcelona had been following him for some time too, but I thought that was not the right move.

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“Financially, Leeds would be the best option. But Charles wanted to wait a little longer. When Charles he felt that Milan wanted him 100 per cent, things changed.”

Newcastle miss out

Four English teams were interested in De Ketalaere, but instead he’s gone to Italy. Leeds appear to have pushed the hardest, with Newcastle only briefly asking.

It’s unclear why the Magpies didn’t pursue a deal further, because the 21-year-old could have been an exceptional signing.

He moves to AC Milan on the back of an excellent season in Belgium where he bagged 18 goals and 10 assists in all competitions. The youngster mainly plays just behind the striker, but can also operate as a forward or out wide.

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He ticks a lot of boxes for Newcastle, so it’s strange to know we asked about him but didn’t pursue a move further.

The Toon owners are in the market for young players who can grow and develop with the club, which is why we’ve brought in the likes of Bruno Guimaraes and Sven Botman.

And De Ketelaere certainly falls into that category too. He’s been called ‘the new De Bruyne‘, which is incredibly high praise.

But he’s a Milan player now, while Newcastle continue to search the globe for attacking reinforcements.

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