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.
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.