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Leeds United handed boost in transfer war as ownership insight comes into view

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Leeds United’s rivals in the Charles De Ketelaere transfer pursuit, AC Milan, are currently failing to up their bid due to a pending ownership change.

Leeds’ next major piece of business is being held up massively by the fact that they aren’t alone in trying to sign the forward.

Charles De Ketalaere’s future looks set to be resolved soon, but it is still very uncertain where he will be playing his football for this season.

As AC Milan held another round of talks with Club Brugge yesterday, it seems as though they were unsuccessful in their efforts to find an agreement on a fee.

Even if De Ketelaere is very keen on the move to Milan, the clubs are at an impasse when it comes to bidding for the player.

Now, the Daily Mail are reporting that the reason behind Milan not being eager to increase their bid to the point where it is acceptable in Brugge’s eyes is because of their upcoming change in ownership.

Currently owned by Elliott Management, they are not willing to go higher because they are expected to sell up to RedBird Capital in September.

Meanwhile, Leeds still reportedly have a €40million offer on the table for the Belgian, which has been sitting there waiting for approval or rejection since June – per Fabrizio Romano.

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This would make sense as to why they cannot stump up what is really a nominal difference in fees at this point.

Milan are not far off at all with their current bid of €33million, given that Brugge want €35million up front, and that’s not far at all.

However, it’s clear that we have been very clear with how the money will be paid, and that makes such a difference.

You guessed it, though, we’re going to have to wait a little bit longer for this saga to come to an end.

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