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Chelsea hopeful of signing Serie A goal as contract negotiations stall

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Chelsea are assured they are going to be capable of lure Rafael Leao away from AC Milan, 90min understands, with the Portugal ahead but to agree a contract extension at San Siro.

23-year-old Leao, who was named Serie A’s MVP final 12 months, is below contract till 2024 and 90min has beforehand revealed that Milan are ready to make him the highest-paid participant within the division to maintain him away from Chelsea.

Milan officers had needed to tie Leao right down to a brand new deal earlier than he departed for World Cup obligation however that has not occurred, regardless of their profitable supply to the ahead.

With the Serie A facet struggling to agree a deal, Chelsea are watching carefully as they prepared an method in 2023 to recruit certainly one of their high attacking targets, and sources have confirmed that there’s an optimism at Stamford Bridge that they are going to be capable of land Leao’s signature.

No matter his contract state of affairs, Milan have made it clear to Chelsea that they won’t entertain a January sale however the Blues are anticipated to start work on a deal to deliver Leao to the membership in summer time.

In the meantime, Chelsea are near finalising a deal for an additional ahead, Christopher Nkunku of RB Leipzig.

Chelsea have agreed to pay over his £58m launch clause, which is barely energetic in summer time, to win the race for his signature and permit them to unfold the fee out in instalments, and talks at the moment are on over whether or not the Frenchman will take part January or the summer time, with the latter extra seemingly because it stands.

Membership scouts are additionally in search of a pure striker and have watched Napoli’s Victor Osimhen, Brentford’s Ivan Toney and Borussia Monchengladbach’s Marcus Thuram in latest weeks.

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