AC Milan are again in talks with the representatives of ahead Rafael Leao, 90min understands, and there’s a rising optimism at San Siro that an settlement over an extension shall be reached.
Chelsea are large followers of Leao and are eager to bid for the Portugal worldwide in 2023, along with his present deal solely having 18 months left to run, and the Blues have been handed a serious enhance when Leao rejected Milan’s opening proposal.
Leao, the reigning Serie A MVP, is eager to safe a big pay rise and there’s an consciousness that Chelsea are in a position to present that, however Milan have at all times harassed their willpower to fulfill the participant’s calls for each on and off the pitch.
Milan officers have argued that the Rossoneri can present the very best platform for Leao to proceed rising, whereas they’re additionally ready to supply the 23-year-old a big wage to mirror his standing as among the best skills in Italy.
Now, sources have confirmed to 90min that Milan have held contemporary talks with Leao’s representatives and their is a sense among the many Serie A champions that they are going to have the ability to strike a deal.
Milan have beforehand warned Chelsea that they might not entertain bids for Leao in January and as a substitute pointed to his €150m launch clause, realizing full properly that the Blues had no real interest in paying that kind of cash up entrance.
Chelsea do stay excited about Leao however have prioritised a transfer for Benfica midfielder Enzo Fernandez. A bid of round €130m, greater than his €120m launch clause however paid in additional instalments, is on the desk for the Argentina worldwide.
Sources near the state of affairs have denied stories that Leao has been left pissed off by Chelsea’s determination to spend that kind of cash on one other participant.
Chelsea are nonetheless planning a transfer for Leao in 2023 and can proceed to discover their choices even when the Portugal worldwide indicators an extension, however Milan are assured they are going to have the ability to fend off the Blues’ curiosity of their star ahead.