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Milan help Chelsea target Leao with compensation fee

AC Milan keen to keep Chelsea target Rafael Leao at San Siro

According to Portuguese newspaper Record, quoted by Football Italia (h/t Football. London), Italian giants AC Millan are in talks with former Chelsea target club Rafael Leao, with Sporting CP trying to bring down the 20 million euros that the Portuguese winger owes the club.

The Rossoneri want to do everything in their power to try and tie the scintillating Portuguese striker down to a long-term deal amid plenty of European giants circling Leao. Chelsea are very interested in signing the star man and it would be a blow to them.

The 23-year-old has been sensational for the Italian giants over the past two seasons. Leao came to Milan from LOSC Lille in 2019. He formed a murderous partnership with Theo Hernandez on the left flank and the duo combined to devastating effect on several occasions.

Rafael Leao still on Chelsea’s transfer radar. (Photo by ISABELLA BONOTTO/AFP via Getty Images)

Before joining Lille, Leao was part of Sporting CP. The Portuguese striker was part of the La Liga Nos club’s academy and rose through the ranks before breaking into the first team. However, things did not end on the best note between the two parties.

Leao was ordered to pay compensation to his former club which is said to be around 20 million euros. It is now claimed that the striker wants his current club to help him with this situation which could help tie his future with Milan.

The Portuguese forward has had a sensational start to the season. Leao has featured eight times for the Italian club this season across all competitions and has managed to score three goals and provide six assists so far. These figures are very impressive and should only improve.

AC Milan are keen to keep Chelsea target Rafael Leao at San Siro.
AC Milan plan to offer Rafael Leao a new contract amid the Chelsea link. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

The 23-year-old is not the typical winger one would imagine. He is extremely physical, tall and uses his body well to get past players. One of Leao’s biggest advantages is his ruthlessness in front of goal – something Chelsea could do with.

Leao will be a great addition to Chelsea. He will be unlike any other player we have, in terms of profile, and would fit into the team very well. However, the Portuguese striker might not matter as much as at Milan and that could be a factor.

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Leao’s future is a very interesting story to watch. Whether Chelsea’s interest increases in the coming months and whether that ultimately materializes into something serious remains to be seen.