Chelsea will be monitoring the performances of Rafael Leao during the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Portugal international has been in stellar form this campaign and has attracted a whole lot of suitors.
The London giants have prioritized addressing the attacking front as the current crop of attackers has not added much dynamism.
The likes of Aubameyang and Sterling have had some poor outings, and Graham Potter needs to freshen up things. Rafael has thus emerged as a viable target.
Leao’s potential was heavily unlocked last campaign, and he has so far backed up with more involvement this campaign.
His 11 goals and ten assists helped the Italian side to lift their first Serie A title in 11 years last campaign. And if the Rossoneri need to do well, the 23-year-old winger would have to take centre stage.
The defending champions have used all of their resources in convincing the footballer to extend his stay. But Milan director Paolo Maldini has insisted their plan to reach a conclusion before the World Cup has failed so far.
The Portuguese will accept a new challenge. But Milan will demand an exorbitant fee to part ways with him. An offer to the tune of €100m should be enough to tempt the club into a move.
But if Chelsea do not agree with the valuation, they could have to wait till January 2024 when they can offer him a pre-contract to join the club next summer.