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Rafael Leao ‘declines AC Milan contract offer amid Man City and Chelsea interest’ as ten Hag eyes ex-city star

Rafael Leao ‘declines AC Milan contract offer amid Man City and Chelsea interest’ as ten Hag eyes ex-city star

AC Milan’s Rafael Leao reportedly rejected a new contract offer and will be sold by the Italian giants in 2023.

According to  Calciomercato, the Portuguese forward is eager to leave the San Siro, and he will have no shortage of suitors, as Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, and City are all rumored to be interested in signing the 23-year-old.

It is believed that Leao is worth £60 million, but with less than 18 months remaining on his contract and the player reportedly refusing to sign a new deal, there is a chance that the Serie A club will be willing to negotiate in January or next summer.

Leao, who moved to the San Siro from Lille in 2019, has contributed to 61 goals in 129 appearances for Milan, including 13 so far this season.

Jeremie Frimpong, a former City youth player, has reportedly emerged as a January target for Manchester United as Erik ten Hag looks to bolster his squad. The 21-year-old, who is currently playing in the Bundesliga for Bayer Leverkusen, left Manchester City in 2021 to join Celtic.

Frimpong played regularly for the Blues in Premier League 2 and UEFA Youth League for nine years before deciding to leave the club’s academy.

While he never played for City’s senior team, he appeared 86 times for the club’s youth teams.

However, according to Sky Sports journalist Florian Plettenberg, United are interested in bringing the Dutch defender to Old Trafford as they look to acquire a right-back during the winter transfer window.

Frimpong, who is under contract in Germany until 2025, has recorded four goals and two assists in 14 appearances so far this season, playing both in defense and on the wing.

Rafael Leao ‘declines AC Milan contract offer amid Man City and Chelsea interest’ as ten Hag eyes ex-city star

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