Reports in Italy claim Wolves are an ‘option’ for Rafael Leao if AC Milan decide to part ways with the forward this summer.
The 21-year-old was heavily linked with a San Siro exit during the January transfer window. Everton have reportedly lined up € 30m offer but nothing materialized after the appearance of the Rossoneri wanted 50 million euros.
It’s unclear whether the Merseysiders will return for Portugal’s Under-21 ace during the offseason. But any suitor will have to dig deep to get his signature.
Leao moved to Milan from Lille in the summer of 2019. He managed to score six Serie A goals in 31 appearances in his first season with the club.
However, he only got 12 starts in 2019-2020. Things improved in his second campaign and the former Sporting player had 20 starts in 26 appearances.
He already equaled his league goal tally from last season and is starting to show the consistency required. According to Milan Live (via Sport witness), the Italians “want to bet” on the youngster next season.
However, that could all change if he doesn’t play over the next few weeks. The connection to Wolves is obvious since his agent, Jorge Mendes, has brought many players to Molineux.
He will talk about Il Diavolo’s hierarchy when the dust settles on 2020-2021 to sort Leao’s future. The club are believed to be keen to see him stay and develop but would consider a ‘good offer’.
Leao, another Portuguese star for Nuno
The return of the attacker Raul Jimenez will be the biggest advantage for Nuno Espirito Santo next quarter. But the manager is expected to sign this summer and has been tipped to sign a striker.
Whether or not he chooses Leao, only time will tell, but the youngster has many fans.
Tiago Fernandes worked with him at the Sporting youth academy. And he told French newspaper L’Equipe that in his opinion the starlet was better than Cristiano Ronaldo at the same stadium.
He may have taken longer to develop than the Juventus man, but that’s high praise. He has also been called a “ Portuguese Mbappé ” due to his silky skills and versatility.
Milan boss Stefano Pioli has used Leao as a second striker or winger and he is equally skilled in both roles. Willian jose is currently on loan with Real Sociedad Wolves.
It is still unclear whether Nuno will attempt to sign a permanent deal with the Brazilian. If he returns to Spain, the chances of an approach for Leao will increase.
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