Rafael Leao Transfer

As Rafael Leo has become a star player for Italian champions AC Milan, Chelsea has been keeping an eye on him. Given his celebrity, it seems unlikely that any other club will be able to lure him away from the San Siro in the remaining two years of his contract.

Milan has reportedly set its asking price at €120m, according to Gazzetta Dello Sport (via Football Italia), but it seems that this is only the net proceeds they are seeking. After the player pays off his €16.5m debt to Sporting CP and Lille OSC receives its 15pc sell-on, the total fee is expected to be close to the 23-year-release old’s clause of €150m.

This seems far too complicated and absurdly expensive to be attempted by Chelsea in the final week of the transfer market, but they “may yet try anyhow.” Leo is believed to be content with his current circumstances in Italy; perhaps this will change in the summer.

A new deal for Leao, who was a pivotal player for Milan last year, is currently being negotiated. However, the renewal is proving challenging because of the Portuguese winger’s and his agent’s exorbitant demands.

Rafael Leao

Tuttosport (h/t SempreMilan.it) reports that Leao will wear the Milan jersey when he represents Italy in the Champions League in London this season. The matchup with Chelsea was already shaping up to be exciting, and the transfer rumors have only added fuel to the fire.

As an added bonus, Milan can no longer activate the €150 million clause they have always cited. The provision can only be activated in July, so the Rossoneri have a buffer against losing a vital player at the end of the transfer window.

There is little question that Gerry Cardinale, the new owner of Milan, will play a pivotal role in the renewal talks. Leao is seeking a €7m annual salary increase upon renewal of his contract with the Rossoneri, up from his present salary of €4.5m. The current

contract expires in 2024.

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Career

Rafael Leao

He started five of the six games that counted in the final standings but did not play against the Netherlands. Leo came on for Domingos Quina in the 79th minute of the finals, and Portugal beat Spain 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in extra time to win the tournament for the sixth time.

Leo competed for the under-19 team at the 2017 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, where they came in second place overall, losing in the championship match to England.

He earned a spot on the “Team of the Tournament” for his outstanding play throughout the entire competition.  In all three of his team’s games in the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland, he played every minute and scored the game-winning goal in a 1-1 tie with South Africa.

Leo earned his first senior national team cap on 10 November 2017, at the young age of 18. He played 31 minutes in Portugal’s under-21 team’s 1-1 away draw against Romania in qualifying for the 2019 UEFA European Championship.

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On September 10th, 2019, in a 2-0 win against Belarus for the 2021 European Championship qualification campaign, he scored his first goal at that level.

Leo competed in the 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship in March. He and Portugal ended up as runners-up after losing the championship game against Germany by a score of 1-0.

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