CM: ‘The Arab sirens’ – figures revealed as Al Hilal explore deal for Milan’s Leao

By Ben Dixon -

According to reports, there is interest from Saudi Arabia regarding Rafael Leao and AC Milan have their stance on the situation. However, the figures being discussed could cause a change of heart. 

Interest in Leao is not a new thing, far from it, and if he remains at Milan past this mercato, it will not be the last time that someone attempts to pry the Portugal star from the grasp of Milano. However, as reports have suggested, the winger is currently not sure about a move to Saudi Arabia.

To strengthen the case for the Rossoneri, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has confirmed that the player is happy in a press conference last week, and given he has a €175 million release clause, the only way he will leave is if that fee is matched.

With that in mind, though, there has been an update on Al Hilal’s stance regarding the transfer.

Calciomercato.com reported that the Saudi Pro League side would be unwilling to pay the release clause but could sanction a deal close to €100m and are still only exploring a deal, rather than offering anything yet, and Milan would expectedly reject their offer if it was sent in its hypothetical state. In addition, Leao could earn up to €21m per season in Arabia, tripling his current salary.

The belief, as was written in his book, is that Leao wants to remain with the Diavolo with a mission in mind. He wants to win again. This suggests as high as the figures may be, they can wait, at least for now.

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10 Comments

  1. 100M might be the best we’ll every get for Leao. Next season might be even worse for him given his interest in rapping and fashion will continue, but he now has a new coach and who knows how that will go. The dude is fast for sure, but his other skills are questionable as is his commitment to being the best he can be. If 100M arrives, perhaps it should be considered. That could get us Chiesa as a replacement, fund the striker, and still leave 70M for CB and DM. I’m not saying we have to sell Leao, he still brings some quality, but is that quality worth 175M, or even 100M? It’s an interesting situation.

    1. 175M – Leao’s clause – no one will match it. Not this year at least.
      150M – Scaroni’s infamous comment (Denied, but damage is probably done that Milan saw his current value is well below this figure).
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      100M – Would be swiftly rejected
      110M – Would probably still be rejected but with a “PS. We’re looking forward for an improved bid.”
      120M – A good starting point for negotiation. Milan would ask for 140M-150M. The two parties would probably meet somewhere in the middle, if not closer to the buyer’s valuation.

      Therefore, I feel that an offer between 125-135M would hence do the trick and send the ball to Leao’s court.

  2. Here we go! If milan receive almost 100m, thats massive income for milan. It will be one hit wonder, so its up to milan. Milan need money, moncada & co with his moneyball can do to rebuild milan squad with tiny wage budget.

  3. Release clause is at 175. Why would Milan consider a little over half of it instead? Also, we would need time to replace Leao if that was the case, with…..?

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