By Daniel Feliciano

29th Jul, 2022 | 2:44pm

Leeds United can finally move on as Charles De Ketelaere reportedly closes in on AC Milan move

It’s arguably the best bad news that Leeds could have got this summer, but Charles De Ketelaere is finally closing in on his move to AC Milan.

After what feels like an eternity of rumours and hope for Whites fans who had been hoping to sign the Belgian attacker to bolster their squad, the highly reputable Gianluca Di Marzio is now reporting [July 29] that the 21-year-old is close to the San Siro.

Leeds had made a £34m offer to Brugges which the club had been happy to accept, but the player’s will to move to Italy instead meant that we were held in limbo in our search for a new attacker.

Milan had been unwilling to match Leeds’ bid and thus there was an impasse with De Ketelaere’s club over a deal, but it now seems that those have been ironed out and a deal is almost done.

While that would initially seem like bad news for Jesse Marsch and Victor Orta is actually probably the best news they could have got this summer, because it means they can finally move on.

Marsch had previously been quoted as saying the club wouldn’t move on from the deal entirely until it was done, and with other options on the table and available it clearly meant that Leeds were dragging their heels with negotiations.

But now that their prime target is off the table officially, they can finally proceed with getting more firepower into the squad before the new season begins against Wolves next weekend.

Whether that’s Arnaud Kalimuendo, Ben Brereton Diaz or someone else that’s been linked with the club like Martin Terrier, the shadow of De Ketelaere is no longer hanging over them.

There is no what if, no maybe and no hope. Leeds can finally start to move on from a deal that was always highly unlikely for them and one they probably should have stepped aside on weeks ago, when the player first told them that he wasn’t interested.

Instead they’ve wasted valuable time negotiating with other targets and made it blindingly obvious that anyone else is second choice at best.

Fingers crossed that doesn’t come back to bite them, but at least we know they’re going to be moving on now.

In other Leeds news, the club have been given £38m price tag to sign starlet winger with 36 G/A last season according to Fabrizio Romano.