By Pranav Shahaney

27th Jul, 2022 | 8:40am

AC Milan owners show no desire to up bid for Leeds United target Charles De Ketelaere after Tuesday meeting

AC Milan owners Elliott Management have reportedly not expressed any desire to increase their transfer budget to sign Leeds United target Charles De Ketelaere.

According to the Daily Mail, Paolo Maldini and director of football Ricky Massara met with Bruges chief executive Vincent Mannaert on Tuesday, July 26.

The club are currently struggling to chalk out £31million to match the Whites’ bid – who are waiting in the wings to sign the Belgium international this summer.

Waiting game

Milan and Brugge are having way too many meetings without reaching a proper conclusion over the fate of this deal.

It’s been clear since the outset that the Italians cannot match Leeds’ offer and there’s no reason why Brugge would lower their valuation.

If there were no clubs willing to pay that much, then they could’ve removed a few millions from his transfer valuation, but the Whites are open to playing ball.

Their offer is on the table and while the 21-year-old wants Milan, he knows that a move to Leeds would not be the worst thing in the world either.

If he did not want a move to Elland Road at all costs, he would’ve informed his club and not kept the Premier League side hanging for so many weeks.

Mannaert could lose patience with Milan and there’s every possibility that he tells De Ketelaere that he’s accepting Leeds’ offer and the player will then have to decide what he wants to do.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites have submitted a fresh bid to sign their first-choice target this summer as a Champions League club has pulled out of the deal.