AC Milan have agreed personal terms with Charles De Ketelaere, but they are yet to agree a fee with his current club Club Brugge, 90min understands.
De Ketelaere has been attracting interest from across Europe this summer after another season in Belgium. The attacking midfielder netted 14 goals and also chipped in with seven assists last campaign as Club Brugge secured second spot in the Jupiler Pro League.
As reported by 90min last month, Leicester had been confident of winning the race for De Ketelaere. However, Milan have now moved into pole position.
Sources have indicated that the Rossoneri have agreed personal terms with the 21-year-old, who has been enticed by the prospect of Champions League football at San Siro.
Leicester have not given up hope in convincing him to opt for a move to the Premier League instead, although they now accept that the player is more likely to join Milan.
Leeds are also interested, but 90min understands that the Whites face an uphill task to convince him to move to Elland Road.
Despite being favourites to sign De Ketelaere, Milan are yet to hammer out a deal with Club Brugge. An initial €20m bid was rejected, but 90min has been informed the Italian champions are ready to increase their offer to €30m.
Listen now to 90min's Talking Transfers podcast, with Scott Saunders, Graeme Bailey, Harry Symeou & Toby Cudworth. On the latest show they discuss Cristiano Ronaldo's future, Newcastle preparing to break their transfer record for Moussa Diaby, Bayern Munich's interest in Chelsea target Matthijs de Ligt and more. Available on all audio platforms and the 90min YouTube channel.
If you can't see the podcast embed, click here to download the episode in full!
Club Brugge are understood to be looking for €35m though, meaning there is still work to do.
Milan also remain in talks to sign Hakim Ziyech on loan from Chelsea with the size of their contribution to his wages proving an issue.
Source : 90min