AC Milan Winger Rafael Leao Delivers Bad News to Chelsea and Arsenal

AC Milan Winger Rafael Leao Delivers Bad News to Chelsea and Arsenal

Elijah Odetokun
March 1, 2023 at 5:44 PM
  • AC Milan star Rafael Leao has been one of the best wingers in the world in the last two years
  • He helped Milan win their first title in 11 years last season and was named the league MVP
  • He has since been attracting interest from top European clubs including Chelsea and Arsenal

Rafael Leao has been in the spotlight as one of Europe's best young wingers after helping AC Milan win their first Serie A title in 11 years last season, picking up the league's MVP crown.

The Portuguese star's contract in Milan expires in the summer of 2024 and there has been a reported standoff between him and the club over a new contract, with the two parties far off in wage demands.

His blistering form and contract situation have put Premier League clubs - Chelsea, Arsenal, and Manchester City - on alert and they ready to pounce in case an agreement is not reached.

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Rafael Leao in action for AC Milan against Atalanta. Photo by Jonathan Moscrop.
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Is Leao against England move?

As reported by Manchester Evening News, Milan values the Portuguese attacker at €100 million, a figure which has not put interested Premier League clubs off his trail.

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The 23-year-old has dealt a blow to English clubs however, after claiming he has been to the country once but he did not like the weather.

“I don't like the weather there. I went shopping the first time I went to London. I like Milan. The duomo [barber shop], shopping centres, nightclubs and food,” he told A Bola.

Chelsea's interest in the Portuguese star has cooled down after signing Ukrainian winger, Mykhailo Mudryk from Shakhtar Donetsk in January for £89 mil.

Ibrahimovic tells Leao to stay

Sports Brief previously reported on veteran forward, Zlatan Ibrahimovic advising Leao to remain in Milan and shun moves to the Premier League or La Liga.

The 41-year-old claims he reduced his salary so the club could meet the Portuguese star's demands and also offered his home to help hold down one of their stars.

Ibrahimovic returned after months out with a knee injury and will be hoping to be in action again when Milan faces Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League.

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