chelsea (opens in a new tab) would lead a group of top clubs in the battle to sign Rafael Leao from AC Milan (opens in a new tab).
The winger was instrumental as Milan won their first Serie A title in 11 years last season, scoring 11 goals and providing eight assists.
And according to the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera (through the daily star) (opens in a new tab)the Blues lead the way for the Portuguese’s services.
Leao joined Milan from Lille in the summer of 2019 and has made over 100 appearances for the club. transfer market (opens in a new tab) currently value him at £63million – but the Rossoneri are said to want more than €100m (£87m) (opens in a new tab) for one of their star men.
The 23-year-old has scored four goals so far this season, including a brace as Milan came from behind to beat rivals Inter (opens in a new tab) 3-2 last month.
Versatile enough to also operate as a centre-forward, Leao made his senior debut for Portugal (opens in a new tab) last year and has won 11 caps so far.
He played in both of his country’s Nations League games during the recent international break and hopes to be on the plane for this winter’s World Cup, which would be his first major tournament.
Leao looks ready to play against Chelsea on Wednesday night: Milan travel to Stamford Bridge on Matchday 3 of the Champions League.
Stefano Pioli’s side have won one and drawn one of their two group games so far, while the Blues are still chasing their maiden victory after losing to Dinamo Zagreb – a result which cost his position at Thomas Tuchel – then zero with Red Bull Salzburg in Graham Potter. first game in charge.
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Elsewhere on the transfer front, Chelsea could battle with Liverpool for Borussia Dortmund and England star Jude Bellingham (opens in a new tab) and MLS prodigy Jhon Duran (opens in a new tab).
Chelsea also appear to be leading the race for RB Leipzig striker Christopher Nkunku (opens in a new tab); the Blues would have organized a private medical visit for the French international (opens in a new tab).
Meanwhile, it’s been suggested Arsenal man Gabriel Martinelli could make a surprise switch to Stamford Bridge (opens in a new tab).