Rafael Leao proved once again how important it is for Milan to lock him down as soon as possible with a scintillating performance in the derby win against Inter.
Leao scored his first goal of the season against Bologna and then netted a brace against Inter and got an assist too to ensure that he is back to being his decisive best, something which makes Stefano Pioli and the entire club smile.
La Gazzetta dello Sport (via MilanNews) reports that among the priorities of the new Rossoneri ownership is the renewal of Leao given his current contract expires on 30 June 2024, but for the moment the agreement has not yet been found.
Leao himself wants to stay, but it is clear that the next few weeks will be crucial because the idea of reaching next summer and the winger being one year from contract expiry is worrying for all involved.
The player and his agent Jorge Mendes expect a salary of €7m net per season for five years, therefore a total net commitment of €35m. The Growth Decree will also help Milan meaning his gross salary would be €10.5m per year and not €14m.
It would certainly be an important investment, but the club cannot afford to lose a jewel like Leao. Patience will be key too because the negotiating times will not be short.