Rafael Leao had a big hand in AC Milan’s first league title win since 2010-11 and top European clubs are circling, forcing the management into urgent action.
This morning’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport (via MilanNews) has recalled that Milan already presented Leao with a renewal offer of €4.5m net per season which is three times the amount he earns now.
To secure his long-term future is one of the first objectives for the new owner Gerry Cardinale and RedBird Capital, and after the first talks with Paolo Maldini he made it clear he wants to keep the young Portuguese forward at all costs.
The €150m clause included in his current contract is certainly a good bit of leverage with regards to potential assaults from abroad, but the management all hold a firm will to extend his relationship with Milan as soon as possible.
The hope at Casa Milan is that the situation can be resolved soon so that they can focus on the other renewals and on the summer transfer market. Renewing Leao’s deal would be very important and would be the first big blow of the RedBird era, but everything will be done with judgement because the line of sustainability that Elliott Management installed will be kept.