AC Milan have been locked in talks with Rafael Leão over a contract extension, but according to the latest reports, those talks have yet to result in a breakthrough. Quite the contrary actually: the 23-year-old “doesn’t want to extend beyond 2024”, which is when his current deal expires.
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Chelsea had made an “informal” approach in the summer, but were immediately knocked back despite our supposed willingness to pay upwards of €100m. Leão does have a €150m release clause, which remains the point at which business might get done — though that could change depending on whether Milan believe they can still convince him to sign a new long-term contract.
Leão didn’t really have a great World Cup as Portugal fell in the quarterfinals, but that hasn’t really deterred anyone’s interest, and rightly so.
Excl. News #Leao: At this stage he doesn’t want to extend beyond 2024. Not confident with the offer. Chelsea, City, Real in. #CFC held talks about him in Qatar. Milan refused Chelseas offer (€70m). They want €150m. The amount of the release clause. @Sky_Marc @SkySportDE 🇵🇹 pic.twitter.com/QuUxLawSuB
— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) December 12, 2022