Milan unwilling to sell Rafael Leao, but PSG plotting a massive summer move

PSG are willing to bring in Rafael Leao as AC Milan remains determined to keep hold of the Portuguese star.

Carlo Laudisa, in one of his latest stories for La Gazzetta dello Sport, claims that AC Milan are currently struggling to meet the demands of their emerging star in Rafael Leao. The 22-year-old forward’s contract runs at Milan until June 2024. But the Rossoneri management wants to extend the player’s contract to fend off the growing interest from Paris Saint-Germain.

With Kylian Mbappe unlikely to put pen to an extension at Paris, the French club has reportedly started searching for a replacement.

It has been also understood that PSG have recently made contact with Jorge Mendes, Leao’s agent, over a possible move in the upcoming summer transfer window. As per the claims, PSG are ready to offer Milan a transfer fee of €70million and have prepared an annual net salary of €6million for the witty winger.

 AC Milan, on the other hand, want to extend Leao’s contract until June 2026, which seems to be an extension of two years over the current terms. The new proposal will guarantee a raise in his salary from €1.5million to €4.5million per season plus bonuses. But still, the family members of the Milan star are not satisfied as Leao needs to pay a compensation of €20million to Sporting CP, his former club.

Following an event where the Sporting players had been attacked by the fans during a training session, Leao left Lisbon after unilaterally terminating his contract in 2018. After playing one season in Lille, he moved to Milan.

Recently, in a court declaration, Leao has been ordered to pay Sporting a compensation of €20million. The burden of the compensation, however, will be shared, with Lille paying a portion of the settlement that includes the legal costs for the termination of his contract.

In all, one cannot overlook the possibility of PSG luring Leao away from Milan next summer as the onus of the compensation is making the negotiation over Leao’s contract renewal difficult for the Rossoneri. 

Jyotirmoy Halder

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