GdS: Background on Inter’s two failed pursuits of Milan star Leao

By Euan Burns -

Inter have tried twice before to sign AC Milan star Rafael Leao before the Portuguese forward became a Rossoneri player, a report claims. 

As has been reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport (via, the Nerazzurri twice came close to signing Leao before he became a Milan player.

The first opportunity came back in 2018 when Leao terminated his contract with Sporting CP after the fans attacked the players at the training ground following the failure to qualify for the Champions League. Instead, Lille managed to acquire his signature on a free transfer.

Perhaps more to the annoyance of Inter fans is the situation in 2019 where Piero Ausilio and Dario Baccin negotiated swiftly with Lille to sign Leao and Beppe Marotta also sanctioned the deal. Antonio Conte said no though as he wanted to sign Romelu Lukaku instead.

That proved to be a good short-term decision as Inter soon won the Scudetto with Lukaku as a key player, but his return to the club has been plagued by injury.

Tags AC Milan Antonio Conte Inter Rafael Leao Romelu Lukaku


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