Charles De Ketelaere

Charles De Ketelaere is finally a Milan player. The attacking midfielder, perhaps second striker and winger too?, has been on the cusp of signing for Milan for weeks and even months.

His name came to the fore while Leeds United were said to have bid €40 million for him. Milan offered many millions less but the player was set on joining Milan. After many “CDK soon” rumours and news and questions about Milan’s transfer budget he is now a Milan player with Club Brugge, with a nudge by the player himself, agreeing to the transfer.

The 21 year old joins Milan for a reported €36 million (32 + 4 bonuses) until 2027. The player has seemingly agreed on a €2.2 million salary – lower than first reported €2.5 million – to push through his Milan transfer. He will wear the same number 90 jersey as he did at Brugge.

His biggest strengths are ball control, composure on it and his vision in spaces.

Player Summary
Name:
Charles De Ketelaere
Date of Birth:
Mar 10, 2001
Age:
21
Height:
1.92 m
Citizenship:
Belgium
Position:
Attacking midfielder
Foot:
Left
Agency:
None
Ownership:
AC Milan
Contract Expires:
Jun 30, 2027
Current Club:
AC Milan
Joined:
Aug 2, 2022
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Milan Summer 2022 Timeline III

July 23, 2022

ZTE 3-2 Milan

Milan fall in preseason action, losing to 3 early ZTE goals in Hungary. Giroud and Krunic score the 2 goals with Adli showing signs of promise.

July 23, 2022
July 26, 2022

Alessandro Plizzari leaves Milan

The once much heralded goalkeeper, now 22, leaves to Pescara on a permanent deal

July 26, 2022
July 27, 2022

Wolfsberger 0-5 Milan

Adli looking lively again in Austrian rout. Leao, Rebic, Messias, Adli himself and Gabbia scorers.

July 27, 2022
July 29, 2022

Divock Origi 27

Origi picks the 27 jersey.

July 29, 2022
July 29, 2022

Daniel Maldini leaves on loan

Maldini goes on a season long dry loan to Spezia, vacating the 27 jersey taken by Origi on the same day.

July 29, 2022
July 31, 2022

Marseille 0-2 Milan

In another positive match Messias and Giroud score to defeat the French side at the Velodrome. Kjaer returns to action as a substitute.

July 31, 2022
August 2, 2022

Charles De Ketelaere arrives

After a long and almost surreal transfer saga Charles De Ketelaere signs for five years.

August 2, 2022
August 5, 2022

Tommaso Pobega

Pobega extends his Milan contract until 2027 with a reported €1 million salary.

August 5, 2022

Milan Summer 2022 Timeline II

July 9, 2022

Yacine Adli is presented

Adli signed last summer from Bordeaux but loaned back talks of his adventure with Milan

July 9, 2022
July 12, 2022

Romagnoli signs for Lazio

An official farewell to Romagnoli as the Milan captain signs for Lazio.

July 12, 2022
July 12, 2022

Castillejo exits

Castillejo leaves Milan on a free transfer to Gattuso’s Valencia

July 12, 2022
July 13, 2022

Milan 3-0 Lemine Almenno

Preseason actions gets underway with many missing players and Bakayoko starting, Adli gets some minutes. Messias, Rebic and Gabbia scorers.

July 13, 2022
July 15, 2022

Frank Tsadjout exits

Tsadjout joins Cremonese as yet another young player leaves having had no part in senior team

July 15, 2022
July 16, 2022

Koln 1-2 Milan

Milan win the Telekom Cup with a Giorud brace. Good game despite many still missing.

July 16, 2022
July 17, 2022

Ignazio Abate primavera coach

Abate is confirmed as primavera coach with hopes of changing the youth set up to align more with the senior team

July 17, 2022
July 17, 2022

Caldara loaned

Caldara is loaned to Spezia who hold an option

July 17, 2022
July 18, 2022

Ibra renews

Ibra will remain a Milan player for another year. The injured forward signs a low cost extension.

July 18, 2022

Milan Summer 2022 Timeline

May 25, 2022

Ibra has surgery

Ibra goes under the knife to operate on his left knee. He will be out until the new year and looks to sign a small contract to continue playing.

May 25, 2022
June 1, 2022

RedBird takeover starts

Gerry Cardinale & Redbird start the summer long process of buying a majority share of Milan from Elliott.
Initial words seem to point at bigger investment on the pitch.

June 1, 2022
June 15, 2022

No movement

Amid rumours aplenty there is also concern about Maldini and Massara’s contracts. The two directors may not be happy with the direction of the team.

June 15, 2022
July 1, 2022

Maldini & Massara extend

A last second two years extension for the team directors clears the air, so it is hoped.

July 1, 2022
July 1, 2022

Florenzi permanent Milan player

Florenzi’s initial loan from Roma is made permanent with a three year contract. Reportedly for around half the €4.5 million agreed to in 2021.

July 1, 2022
July 1, 2022

Antonio Mirante extends

Mirante extends his stay for one more year. Initially signed as a emergency free agent goalkeeper when Maignan had wrist surgery.

July 1, 2022
July 4, 2022

Preseason starts

Preseason starts for those not in international duty.
The 2022-2023 home kit is revealed.

July 4, 2022
July 5, 2022

Divock Origi arrives

Origi arrives on a free transfer from Liverpool on a 4 year contract. The forward misses some days due to an injury. Reported salary is €3.5 million a year

July 5, 2022
July 5, 2022

Abate primavera coach

The former full back is named the new youth/primavera coach.

July 5, 2022
July 7, 2022

Messias permanent Milan player

To some surprise Junior Messias extends his stay for another 2 years. Reportedly for around half the €4.5 million agreed with Crotone in 2021.

July 7, 2022
July 7, 2022

Lorenzo Colombo leaves on loan

Colombo leaves on loan to Lecce. The team have a buy option after the season ends and in turn Milan has a buy back option for the young forward who will be hoping for more Serie A experience.

July 7, 2022
July 8, 2022

Leo Duarte leaves

Duarte’s 1.5 year long loan to Istanbul Basaksehir is made permanent by the Turkish team who, much like Milan from others, is sold for less than initially agreed.

July 8, 2022

Divock Origi

Divock Origi is now officially a Milan player. It had been an open secret that the player will leave Liverpool on a free transfer and join Milan.

Player Summary
Name:
Divock Origi
Date of Birth:
Apr 18, 1995
Age:
27
Height:
1.89 m
Citizenship:
Belgium
Position:
Forward
Foot:
Right
Agency:
None
Ownership:
AC Milan
Contract Expires:
Jun 30, 2026
Current Club:
AC Milan
Joined:
Jul 5, 2022

Much like every other anticipated summer transfer move Milan fans have been held in suspense as to if a transfer will happen or collapse. Either due to the change of ownership from Elliott to RedBird or because of the riches of English Premier League (plus PSG) nothing can be certain until it is official.

Origi, sometimes known by Liverpool fans as a super sub, played sporadically on a team that featured the likes of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino. He is well liked by most and scorer of some headline making goals. The team certainly requires offense as it is lacking depth. He joins until 2026 on a reported salary of €3.5 million a year.

AC Milan 2022-2023 Fixtures

Today the 2022-2023 Serie A fixtures were released. The season starts the weekend of August 14 and stretches all the way into June 2023. The season is interrupted for over seven weeks by the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar for which Italy did not qualify.

Home matches with the Scudetto rivals come relatively early with Inter and Napoli visiting Milan in September and Juventus in early October. There is a week 37 match at Juventus that has the potential to be very important in the title race. The full fixtures are listed in the image above.

Scudetto Contract Renegotiations

With the Scudetto win and the optimism that has followed there have been perhaps more than the usual number of transfer rumours.

Long linked players like Divock Origi and Renato Sanches have yet to arrive, for valid or not so clear reasons. Others like Sven Botman may suddenly become out of reach due to English Premier League riches. The names linked will not stop until the window closes. The ownership change perhaps adds a hint of complication to negotiations but that could easily be blown out of proportion.

One other player issue on the agenda is that some of the winning team will be rewarded with improved contracts. While existing contracts have upwards of four years running that may not stop increased salaries for Sandro, Kalulu, Tomori, Bennacer and of course Leao.

Tonali may be offered double his €1.75 million contract, Tomori and Bennacer double their €1.5 million and Kalulu triple his €0.6 million. Leao will of course get to at least triple his €1.5 million as he is indeed rumoured to be asking for quadruple or more.

Ibra’s changing status, Kessie’s departure and the likely Romagnoli departure will provide some savings. More wages will be added when the new transfers arrive, eventually.

Singles Going Steady | AC Milan (and maybe Sven Botman) at the Gates of a New Dawn

by Stelios Karakasis

It’s the summer of 2022 and following their recent success in Serie A, in addition to an impressive turn of financial fortune and amidst consecutive Champions League appearances, AC Milan find themselves in a peculiar state mercatowise.

Sven Botman all smiles when asked about Milan rumours

With the transfer market opening soon, and after many long, ignominious years, young emerging talents from around the world actually consider the possibility of moving to Milanello and find it rather appealing. They too, like their agents, recognize and appreciate a focused, down-to-earth, and optimistic project that starts bearing fruits, allowing players to compete at the highest level, and maybe win a couple of trophies, while significantly increasing their market value. No more Taye Taiwos on a free transfer, no more Michael Essien-type ex-footballers prancing around the San Siro, only in shape when enjoying the city’s famous nightlife.  

On the flip side, said young emerging talents, being young, emerging, and, well, talented, are on the radar of various clubs around the continent, clubs with money to spend, squad holes to fill, and fans to please. Like Newcastle United.

Take Sven Botman, for example, one of the prime targets of the Rossoneri for this window. The twenty-two-year-old Dutch international has impressed in the French Ligue 1 during the last two seasons, unexpectedly winning the league with Lille OSC. Standing pillar straight at 1.95 meters tall, extremely strong physically, and relatively fast (well, not slow), the central defender is unsurprisingly dominant in the air, clearing crosses with ease, a top-notch aerial first ball winner inside his own half, not to mention his own penalty box.

However, being a product of the Ajax academy, he’s also comfortable in possession, and capable of passing and receiving the ball with either foot, a trait favoring his role in the build-up play. Botman also exhibits a resolute and mature reading of the game, while during his spell in France he’s improved in the area where his weaknesses lie, namely facing runs from the deep near the sideline, where fast and more technical attacking players can take advantage of his somewhat slow turns.

Today is June 9, and according to our ever-reliable sources that is people on Twitter with exclusive breaking news about the European transfer market while sitting in front of a screen obsessing over other exclusive breaking news on Twitter, Botman is ready to sign for Newcastle. But, don’t forget, Manchester United (of course) are also heavily, though not evidently, interested in the player. Maybe PSG or Bayern Munich as well.

When asked in a recent live interview about his future with AC Milan, Sven Botman didn’t say a thing, but his wide, genuine, and spontaneous smile revealed more than a thousand words. Botman seems to want Milan at least as much as Milan want Botman. Joining a promising backline, consisting of impressive youngsters Fikayo Tomori and Pierre Kalulu, arguably last season’s best central defensive duo in Italy, and the beautiful man and player that is ole Simon Kjaer, the Dutch giant would be a great addition. There’s also Magic Mike Maignan between the posts, his not-so-old pal from that Championship-winning Lille side.

It’s quite funny that Botman, who has apparently agreed on every term with the Italian side, may very well be playing for Newcastle next season. Newcastle offer more money to Lille, Milan are waiting for funds to clear from their concluded RedBird takeover, Botman is going on a holiday. That’s football, that’s economics, that’s life. Still, the Botrace (sorry) is on.

But Botman or no Botman, Milan will be well-advised to continue on the path taken the last two years. Directors Paolo Maldini and Frederic Massara, along with the incredible Stefano Pioli and the experienced nous of Ivan Gazidis, have done a fantastic job guiding the legendary club towards success once again, with their astute, practical, and decisive team building.

And therein lie the foundations of Milan’s recent resurgence; no more ghosts of glory past haunting this organization, these ghosts are more useful as an example, not as a constant excuse or an absurd weight on the team’s shoulders.

Memories of greatness rarely fade in football; they’re not made that way. But the only way to keep them alive, kicking, and most importantly, always relative, is to look straight at the future and build upon it. That’s how legacies live forever. Good news, finally, for the tormented Rossoneri fans worldwide; Milan are on the rise again. Then again, that’s what they always do, don’t they? 

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First Days Of Summer Mercato

It is early days in the 2022 summer transfer season and the window does not officially open until July 1st. With the non-stop rumour mill churning 24/7 the earliest and most oft mentioned names keep circulating.

Divock Origi is almost a certainty to arrive on a Bosman. Renato Sanches, Sven Botman and Noa Lang are constantly mentioned. The three could cost around €70 million. Domenico Berardi, Gianluca Scamacca and Charles De Ketelaere are less likely names.

RedBird Officially Acquires Milan

Statement released by the team reads that RedBird Capital Partners and Elliott Advisors UK Limited have entered into a agreement for RedBird to acquire Milan. The transition to new ownership will take place over the summer and values the club at €1.2B. Elliott retain a minority financial interest, rumoured to be 30%. RedBird have a minority stake in Liverpool which they got in 2021.

It is unlikely the direction of the team will change too much. It remains to be seen if RedBird want to or can accelerate investments like the new stadium, shared or not shared with Inter.