Tuttosport: Cardinale the key as Milan resume work on Leao’s renewal after Chelsea interest

By Isak Möller -

In the last few days, Rafael Leao has been linked with a move to Chelsea. It seemed appropriate, therefore, that the English side were drawn into the same Champions League group as AC Milan last night. 

Leao was one of the key players for Milan last season and work is underway with regard to his contract. The renewal is proving to be quite difficult, though, due to the high demands of the Portuguese winger and his agent Jorge Mendes.

As highlighted by Tuttosport (via SempreMilan.it), Leao will indeed play the Champions League in London this season, but with the Milan shirt. The transfer rumours have added fuel to what always was going to be an interesting clash against Chelsea.

Besides, the €150m clause that Milan always have referred to can no longer be triggered. Only in July can a club use the clause, which is a way for the Rossoneri to protect themselves from losing a key player late in the transfer window.

As for the renewal, there is no doubt that Milan’s new owner Gerry Cardinale will be a key to the negotiations. The current deal will expire in 2024 and Leao is asking for €7m per year to renewal, while the Rossoneri are currently at €4.5m.

The change of ownership could thus be a blessing for Milan as Cardinale is expected to slightly raise the economic investment (compared to Elliott).

Tags AC Milan Chelsea Rafael Leao


          1. Last season doesn’t matter right? Yet you constantly refer to the great job ownership did last season as a justification to give them a pass this season for not spending. Which one are you? Your a walking contradiction. It’s 2 games give the KID (yes he’s still young) time. No one else experiences such criticism. If he wasn’t worth 6-7M no club would be after him. Remember Rabiot and Ramsey make/made 7M season so it’s not a lot of $$ in football. Lots of hate coming from you against Leao. Not sure who you think we can get with 5 days left to replace him or why you would think if we sold him for 150m or whatever these owners will reinvest all of that $$ back into the squad. Ya right. Patience grasshopper. It will pay off. Everyone is forgetting he owes 20M to Sporting. So at 4.5M season he would be basically be playing for free for the next 4 years. Would anyone do that? There will be time to sell Leao in the future if he doesn’t resign. Now is not that time. Give the kid some slack and it will pay off

  1. Milan should see leao.before we have another kessie in our hands.with the cash mi;an can bring in chilobah, belotti ,damarai gray and asensio of Madrid

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