AC Milan has announced the signing of promising attacker Charles De Ketelaere from Club Brugge.
The 21-year-old Belgium international has signed a five-year deal with the Serie A champions.
And he will be joining for a reported fee of €36million.
De Ketelaere – who scored 18 goals in all competitions last season and has won eight senior caps for Belgium since his 2020 debut – had also been strongly linked with Premier League side Leeds United.
At 19 years and 224 days old in October 2020, he became the second-youngest Belgian to score in the Champions League (behind Anthony Vanden Borre) when he netted for Brugge against Zenit St Petersburg.
De Ketelaere will wear the number 90 shirt and joins fellow new arrivals at San Siro Divock Origi, Alessandro Florenzi and Junior Messias, with the latter two making their loan moves from last season permanent.
The attacking midfielder has a signed a deal which will run until the end of the 2026/27 season.
And is the first real high-profile signing the Serie A champions have made this summer.
A club statement on the signing reads:
“AC Milan is delighted to announce the signing of Charles De Ketelaere from Club Brugge FC.
“The player has signed a contract until 30 June 2027 and will wear the number 90 jersey.
“Born in Bruges on 10 March 2001, Charles grew up in the Club Bruges Youth Sector before making his debut for the club in 2019.
“Since then, he has made 120 appearances and scored 25 goals.
“He won the Belgian League three times and Super Cup twice.
“In November 2020, he made his debut for the Belgian national team.
“And he has since played for them eight times and scored once.”
De Ketelaere may get his first taste of Serie A football on the 13th of August.
When the Rossoneri welcome Udinese to San Siro.