AC Milan are in a tricky negotiation with Rafael Leao over the renewal of his contract with various factors at play, a report claims.
As Tuttosport (via MilanNews) points out this morning, one of the biggest obstacles to Leao’s renewal is the fine that the winger is forced to pay for having terminated the his contract with Sporting CP and signing one with Lille.
Now, a document has come out certifying the French club’s commitment to pay compensation for Leao to Sporting. This would have helped Rafa a lot in the Court of Arbitration for Sport trial, but it is in the hands of his now ex-agent.
With this fine weighing on his salary, Leao aims to get as much as possible from his next contract in an attempt to pay off his debt to the Portuguese team as quickly as possible.
Milan know for sure that they want to keep Leao and are willing to put up to €7m net per season on the plate. The player genuinely would like to stay too because he knows he has a leading role and he can still grow a lot.
At the same time, however, the issue of the fine does not leave him calm. Lille could help and the reason is very simple: when Leao joined the Rossoneri, the agreement with the French club provided for a 20% percentage of the player’s future resale.
Therefore, the Ligue 1 side must be hoping that Leao renews with Milan, even for precautionary purposes, and doesn’t leave for free so that they do not miss out on an important sum of money.