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Rafael Leao Chelsea transfer update delivered by agent as AC Milan superstar mulls over future

Rafael Leao Chelsea transfer update delivered by agent as AC Milan superstar mulls over future

Former Torino defender Massimo Brambati has been told that Chelsea are in talks with AC Milan to sign Rafael Leao, who impressed in two Champions League matches against the Blues this month. 

Brambati is now an agent, but he does not represent the winger.

Jorge Mendes, a Portuguese superagent best known for his work with Cristiano Ronaldo, represents Leao.

The Milan star appears to be on the move in the coming seasons, with Chelsea showing interest in the 23-year-old in the closing stages of the summer transfer window.

However, given the importance of the forward to the club and the lateness of the approach, the Serie A outfit refused to entertain any discussions about him.

As a result, Todd Boehly’s team is expected to return to Italy in January with a concrete offer, or in the summer if Milan does not want to suffer a significant blow to their squad midseason.

Brambati revealed to  TMW Radio’s Maracana that he had been informed that talks were underway. He said: “Renew Leao? They tell me they are working for Leao at Chelsea.”

Chelsea were desperate to sign a winger over the summer, and the appointment of Graham Potter will almost certainly see them return to that position.

Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace and Neymar of PSG were linked with moves to Stamford Bridge over the summer, but speculation surrounding Leao suggests that he is Potter’s ideal signing, especially given his versatility in the final third.

Milan, on the other hand, could be a difficult nut to crack given their hopes of winning the league and progressing to the Champions League knockout stages. Technical director Paolo Maldini recently spoke about the Rossoneri’s approaches for Leao, saying: “

 “It’s true that clubs can chat, but we have not had any approaches after the transfer window closed.

“Now Rafa has to concentrate on this season and he’s doing it very well. We’d like to have the contract (extension) sorted before the World Cup, in fact, we had hoped to get it done six months ago, but we need the right conditions.

“Our idea is to get it done before November 12, then we’ll see what happens.”

If Leao signs a new contract with Milan, his market value will skyrocket, though that is unlikely to deter Chelsea given that Boehly is eager to flex his cash-spending muscles in the Premier League and has promised to back Potter in future transfer windows.

Rafael Leao Chelsea transfer update delivered by agent as AC Milan superstar mulls over future

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