Chelsea open talks to sign Portugal international before transfer deadline after being told Neymar move is ‘not possible’: Reports


Chelsea have started talks with AC Milan over signing forward Rafael Leao, having been told that Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) striker Neymar is unavailable, as per the Time. Reports claimed that the Blues were looking at securing a deadline day deal for the Brazilian, with Todd Boehly looking to back Thomas Tuchel.

Neymar has started the campaign with eight goals and six assists in five matches. However, it appears PSG have indicated that a move for the Brazilian is not possible. Chelsea are turning their attention to Leao, with the young Portuguese forward having impressed last season.

The Milan forward won Serie A’s ‘Most Valuable Player of the Year’ award for his 2021-22 campaign which saw the Rossoneri win the league title. Leao managed 14 goals and 12 assists in 42 appearances and has been nominated for the 2022 Ballon d’Or.

Instagram Post Tuchel’s side have started the season off in disappointing fashion and suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to Southampton on August 30. Much of the Blues’ problems lie in attack with a lack of firepower having plagued the side at the start of the campaign.

The west London giants have also lost last season’s top scorer Romelu Lukaku, who returned to Inter Milan on a season-long loan. Leao has two years left on his current deal at the San Siro and can play in a variety of attacking positions, including as a left-winger and a striker.

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