AC Milan have reopened contract talks with attacker Rafael Leao, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
The player’s current deal runs out in 2024 and other clubs will start circling in the summer transfer window.
Chelsea tried to sign him for €100 million, but Milan held on to their €150m valuation. The Blues made another attempt in January but that also failed.
Milan had been talking to Leao and felt they were close to agreeing new terms. However, the negotiations stalled.
Agent Jorge Mendes tried to offer the Portuguese international to Real Madrid, but the La Liga giants were not interested.
Leao reportedly loves Milan and wants to stay. He is demanding a salary that ranks him as one of the best players in Serie A.
Since arriving from LOSC Lille on a free transfer in 2019, the 23-year-old has become a hugely influential player for the Rossoneri.
He announced himself to the world last season, bagging 11 goals and eight assists as Milan won the Serie A title.
His dribbling on the left wing bamboozled opposition defences, and he became a talismanic figure.
Unsurprisingly, several top clubs are after the former Sporting CP star, but Milan are keen to ward them off.
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