Chelsea confirm the signature of Rafael Leao from AC Milan.
Chelsea could table a bid in the region of €100m (£85m) for
AC Milan winger Rafael Leao before the transfer window
shuts, according to La Repubblica .
The Italian newspaper claims that the Blues would also be
prepared to give him a bumper pay rise if he does agree to
move to Stamford Bridge.
Leao is currently earning just €1.4m a year net (around
£23,000 a week), but it is believed that the London club are
promising to offer the player €8m a year (approximately
£131,000 a week).
With personal terms unlikely to be an issue, the main
stumbling block will be Milan and whether the Serie A
champions will be willing to sell the Portuguese international.
Most reports in Italy have suggested that the Rossoneri are
determined to hold out for Leao’s €150m (£127m) release
clause but La Repubblica are less certain that is the case.
Due to a legal dispute with one of Leao’s former clubs,
Sporting Lisbon, €20m (£17m) is owed in compensation. This concerns
issue, combined with concerns over whether the 23-year-old
would be willing to sign a contract extension. could tempt
Milan into offloading the player.