Chelsea need £126.1 million to sign Rafael Leao from AC Milan – Reports
Rafael Leao, an AC Milan player, will cost Chelsea a stunning of £126.1 million if they want to sign him before the transfer window closes.
The Serie A club has been reluctant to allow Leao leave, despite the Blues being extensively connected with a move for the attacker, thus a deal has not yet been finalized.
Due to stipulations from his prior clubs, Leao cannot be sold by Milan for less than £126.1 million (€150 million), according to La Gazzetta Dello Sport.
Due to Sporting Lisbon’s unilateral termination of Leao’s contract, he still owes them £13.85 million (€16.5 million).
In addition, as part of the agreement that saw Leao join Milan in 2019, Lille will gain 15% of any future sales involving him.
Leao can play as a striker or a winger, thus Chelsea has been advised that any move for him is likely to be very expensive.
Leao’s £126.1 million (€150 million) release clause expired in July, but Chelsea would still have to fork over that amount to sign him.
Leao assisted Milan in winning the Serie A title by scoring eleven goals in 34 league games the previous season.
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Chelsea and manager Thomas Tuchel may now need to concentrate on other offensive targets like Anthony Gordon and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Aubameyang’s transfer to Barcelona has reportedly hit a roadblock because Chelsea are currently unwilling to pay Barcelona’s asking price of €30 million (£25.3 million) for the forward, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.
Chelsea has upped its offer for Everton winger Gordon to £50 million plus $10 million in add-ons.
Conor Gallagher or Armando Broja joining them on loan as part of the deal would excite Everton.