·19 September 2022
·19 September 2022
Chelsea ‘will be back for talks’ over AC Milan star Rafael Leao as they have set their sights on welcoming ‘one of the most entertaining footballers in the world’ to Stamford Bridge, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.
The Blues have entered a new era, with Graham Potter being appointed as their head coach following the sacking of Thomas Tuchel earlier this month, and the former Brighton & Hove Albion chief’s first opportunity to make alterations to his squad will come in January.
It is understood that the Blues’ proposal was worth £61million plus add-ons, but that fell a long way short of the release clause written into the winger’s contract.
The 23-year-old would have comfortably surpassed Romelu Lukaku as the most expensive signing in Chelsea’s history if they opted to meet the Serie A giants’ financial demands.
AC Milan are looking to tie Leao down to a new contract, but there is uncertainty over whether they will succeed in their bid due to being unwilling to meet his expectations of a deal worth more than £6million-per-year.
The journalist is expecting the west Londoners to test AC Milan’s resolve by re-entering discussions next summer.
Jones told GIVEMESPORT: “Leao is a bit more dynamic than Havertz. The way he plays is with more thrust and bursts and, at the moment, I genuinely think he is one of the most entertaining footballers in the world.
“Chelsea will be back for talks about him at the end of the season.”
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Leao has already shown during the early stages of the campaign that he is a danger in the opposition’s penalty area as he has chalked up nine goal contributions in just eight appearances.
He has built on a hugely successful 2021/22 campaign, where he found the back of the net 14 times and registered a further 12 assists over the course of 42 outings.
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