The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s (KSA) Public Investment Fund (PIF) are reportedly eyeing a move for AC Milan’s Charles De Ketelaere for Newcastle United.
The Lowdown: AC Milan struggles…
De Ketelaere is struggling at AC Milan since his big-money move to the San Siro from Club Brugge in the summer.
The attacking midfielder has no goals and merely one assist to his name in 15 appearances in total over all competitions so far this season (Transfermarkt), and at the moment looks a shadow of the player that shone in Belgian football last term.
The Latest: Newcastle offer ready
As per Italian news outlet Calcio Mercato Web, the St. James’ Park outfit have already prepared an offer of €30m (£25.8m) to offer De Ketelaere a way out in the January transfer window, just a few months after he joined Milan.
However, the Serie A giants would be likely to reject that proposal if it were put on the table, meaning that the North East club would likely have to pay more up front if they are serious about signing him.
The Verdict: Maddison alternative?
The Tynesiders have long been linked with a move for Leicester City star James Maddison in January, but De Ketelaere could provide an alternative and potentially cheaper option.
Yes, his form at Milan has no doubt been poor given what was expected of him upon his arrival, but the 21-year-old seems like a confidence player, and if Eddie Howe can help him regain that like he has done with others, then he could be a shrewd purchase.
Hailed as someone who possesses ‘stunning’ technical qualities, Belgian De Ketelaere has even been compared to Manchester City superstar and fellow countryman Kevin De Bruyne (BBC), and if he can have a similar impact in the Premier League, then the Magpies would be getting some player.
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