Rafael Leao has been given the chance to impress Thomas Tuchel and Todd Boehly, with a move to Chelsea on the cards. The 23-year-old has quickly become heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge this summer as the Blues look to sign a forward before the summer transfer window slams shut at the end of the month. Last month, The Telegraph reported that the AC Milan winger surfaced as an option for the west Londoners.
Talk of a move to Chelsea cooled, but the Times have now said that the club have reignited interest and are currently working on a deal to sign Leao. The report adds that negotiations began over the weekend, and the possibility of ‘one or more’ Blues players being included in a player-plus-cash swap deal were discussed.
However, Italian outlet Calciomercato say that the Portugal international is in no rush to leave the San Siro, which – obviously – comes as a major blow. However, AC Milan have been drawn in Group E of the Champions League with Chelsea, giving both Leao and Tuchel the chance to impress one another.
An audition for one another could be the perfect opportunity for the Blues to secure the £59million-rated Portuguese star’s signature. In an interview with The Athletic last month, Fikayo Tomori explained why the winger is highly sought after. The former Chelsea defender and Cobham graduate said:
“To be fair, in training, you wouldn’t know he’s so electric when it comes to a match day because in training he likes to mess about. “He does a lot of step-overs, he beats you once, and he wants to come back at you again. But when it comes to the game, he’s just off. He’s massive for the team. “Ever since I arrived, I told him, “You don’t know how good you are”.
Because you can see he has everything. He’s fast, he’s strong, he can dribble, he can head the ball, he’s tall. He’s got everything. He’s definitely been our difference maker and is deservedly player of the season for Serie A.”
Leao, who sees his contract at the San Siro expire in 2024, featured 34 times for the Rossoneri in the Serie A last season, directly contributing to 21 goals. His impressive displays for the Italian giants steered the club to a Scudetto, and as a result, he’s attracted great attention.