Report: Leeds United are now growing more and more anxious in their chase for 'fantastic' player
The Daily Mail reported talks on Tuesday failed to create a breakthrough between Milan and Club Bruges, with Paolo Maldini and his director of football Ricky Massara met having no luck with their Belgian counterpart Vincent Mannaert.
Milan were offering £27 million, but that was not enough to do the deal and reports in Italy claim that they have now upped their offer.
Calcio Mercato say that Bruges are now willing to accept £27 million up front, with £2.5 million in add-ons, and Milan are on the verge of doing the deal.
Leeds anxious over Charles de Ketelaere
That is mot good news for Leeds, and the Mail report said the club are increasingly becoming anxious by the longer and longer wait to get a decision either way.
Leeds are in limbo, having made an acceptable bid but waiting to see if the player can go to his first choice club.
But that limbo could soon be over as the report says that Milan could finalise the deal within 24 hours after this latest meeting.
De Ketelaere looks to be a ‘fantastic‘ talent with a huge future ahead, according to former Gent manager Trond Sollied, who said the 21-year-old could play for Manchester City.
That is why Leeds are so keen to sign him and why they were waiting for his decision, rather than moving swiftly onto other targets.
It was a risk, but it could have paid off if they eventually get their man later on in the transfer window.
It also shows the wealth of the Premier League, when Leeds can beat relegation on the final day and be able to financially match the reigning Serie A champions in the transfer market, but they look set for defeat in the race.
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