GdS: Leao ‘in a rush’ to sign Milan renewal as Chelsea continue to flirt

By Isak Möller -

Rafael Leao’s contract renewal has been a hot topic over the last few months and following AC Milan’s defeat to Napoli, it has ended up in the spotlight again. The player himself is eager to sign, a report claims. 

The Portuguese winger missed out on the Rossoneri’s 1-2 loss against Napoli due to a one-game suspension. He was missed but not in the way many expected, as Stefano Pioli’s men created many chances and should have got at least a point.

In any case, as Gazzetta Dello Sport (via MilanNews), the long unbeaten run came to an end and this has put Leao’s renewal in focus again. It’s one of the main priorities for Milan and that has been made clear by the management many times.

Leao is ‘in a hurry’ to sign a new contract, as the newspaper puts it, keen on putting an end to the rumours. Jorge Mendes has presented a request of €7m per year to Milan, who are willing to offer around €6m, and Chelsea are lurking in the background.

Perhaps the most complicated factor, though, is the €19m compensation that has to be paid to Sporting Lisbon. It was initially thought that Lille, Milan and Leao would take on the payment but the player is now asking the two clubs to step up.

In short, there are many factors to consider and the next three months will be decisive. Leao is happy to stay at Milan, but Chelsea have kept talks alive and will try again in January as the newspaper concludes.

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  1. Why should Milan be the one to part the money Leao owes when they fully for him in full from Lille.It should be Lille rather who has to pay bcos they took him free from Sporting CP and sold him to Milan without even spending any money on him.Milan should not be fooled.

  2. This is not a question of beeing fooled or not, don’t be silly… it’s a PRACTICAL question: the man is a fvckin’ KEY player to the side, and 19M is not exactly an astronomical amount when it comes to a top European football club. Milan can and must help Leão decisively in this matter, as well as present a salary proposal that pleases the player and puts an end to this nonsense transfer once and for all, so that he can fully focus on what really matters: playing football for us.

  3. Một cách nghiêm túc cho Leao. Anh ấy được quá nhiều đội bóng hàng đầu chú ý và sẵn sàng đổ tiền, chúng ta cần hành động mạnh mẽ. Đứng sau Leao là Mendes không đơn giản.

  4. I don’t know if the report about Leao asking Lille & Milan to cover the 19 mil compensation he owes Sporting, but if it is, i don’t think it’s fair.
    Milan had nothing to do with it. Leao and his agent orchestrated the whole thing, maybe in agreement with Lille. Milan paid a hefty price 30 mil for Leao.
    Lille paid nothing to Sporting and you better believe that Jorge Mendes got a fat bonus from Lille to push Leao towards them.
    It isn’t my money so Milan can do whatever they want, but the fee needs to be paid between Leao, Mendes and especially Lille, who benefited the most out of the whole scheme

  5. Serie A Winner-23.4 Million Euros. (Prize).

    ” Runners Up- 19.4 Million Euros.

    ” 2nd Runners Up‐ 16.8 Million Euros.

    If Milan renew Leao at the 7 Million say over 3 years, gross will be 42 Million total. Add agent commissions at best 7 Million, worst 14 Million (so average 10 Million), add even half of Sporting money at 8.5 Million total cost of renewal for 3 years would be 60.5 Million. If we carry the full fine, total would be 69 Million Euros. Even if we hypothetically won the Scudetto all 3 years, Leao’s renewal might literally cost what we’d collect as the cash prize for the three years. 2nd or 3rd place would be an estimate loss of 9.8 Million and 18.6 Million respectively. Is his renewal worth three years cash equivalent of the scudetto where the prize remains constant? I’d say yes excluding Milan carrying his debt to sporting. If Milan has to pay his fine, ain’t worth it to renew tbh. We can pay 7 Million, half of the fine and ‘reasonable’ agency commissions and we’d still have bent over the barrel for him. Any more requests and we should sell at 65+ (final contract year) and move for a viable replacement, maybe Okafor and use whatever cash left to renew Maignan and/or Benaccer.


  6. Now why would Leao be “in a rush” to sign the new contract? He’s got all the time in the world. The less months in his contract left, the better for him as it will give him leverage and more options.

    It’s Milan who is in a hurry if they intend to NOT let him leave for free (or for peanuts next summer).

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