Chelsea transfer boost as Rafael Leao's AC Milan future 'hangs in the balance' amid £118k-a-week wage demands | The Sun

CHELSEA have reportedly received a boost in their pursuit of Rafael Leao.

That’s because AC Milan are refusing to meet his wage demands for a new contract.

The versatile striker, 23, was a deadline day target for the Blues.

But ex-boss Thomas Tuchel was unable to complete a deal when Milan pointed to Leao’s £127million release clause.

The Italians have since opened talks with their star man over a new long-term deal.

And Chelsea’s chances of returning for Leao in January appeared to be slim.


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However, the Portugal international’s demands are now making Milan think twice about an offer.

Corriere dello Sport claims Leao wants over £6m-a-year to remain at the San Siro.

That works out to around £118,000 each week.

And Leao also wants Milan to contribute towards the £14m he was ordered to pay former club Sporting Lisbon by the Portuguese Super Court for breaching his contract four years ago.

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Leao’s incredible demands, and Milan’s reluctance to meet them, has now given fresh hope to Chelsea.

The Blues are entering a new era after Todd Boehly sacked Tuchel and replaced him with Brighton’s Graham Potter.

The tactician is known for his fluid attacking football.

And Leao could be a perfect fit up front despite the presence of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Armando Broja.

The ex-Lille ace already has three goals in five Serie A games this term

And his desire for silverware has grown even stronger after firing Milan to the Italian title last season.

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