Chelsea are expected to try and use AC Milan’s interest in several of their players to try and secure the signing of Rafael Leao, a report claims.
According to 90min, Milan are particularly keen on signing midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek who is in the final 18 months of his contract at Stamford Bridge and would be allowed to leave by Chelsea given their desire to trim the squad down.
Lazio and Napoli are known admirers of the 27-year-old, but Milan are ’emerging as serious contenders’ to sign Loftus-Cheek, and the player has even asked Fikayo Tomori about life at the club with the defender giving rave reviews.
As a result Loftus-Cheek is keen on the idea of moving to Milan and could prioritise a move to Italy over joining Crystal Palace, Fulham, Leicester, Newcastle, West Ham or Wolves, who are all keen.
Moreover, the report adds that Kalidou Koulibaly, Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi are ‘all on Milan’s radar’ as well, but the interest in these players is not currently linked to Chelsea’s pursuit of Leao.
Chelsea’s interest in Leao will remain even if he renews his deal and thus they could potentially offer up an exchange deal of sorts, but Milan want to keep the winger and have not shown any opening to a sale yet.