AC Milan will soon launch a new offer to Rafael Leao in a bid to get him to renew his contract but a sale remains a hypothesis, a report claims.
Tuttosport (via MilanNews) talks about Record’s interview with Antonio Leao, Rafael’s father, which confirmed that talks are ongoing over the extension of his son’s current deal which will expire in June 2024.
The hope is to find an agreement so that the winger and the club can continue their journey together, however that agreement has not yet been found for the moment and while the Rossoneri would have liked to close the matter before the World Cup, this now will not happen.
Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara continue to work on tying Leao down and thus repelling the attacks of some top European clubs. Milan will initiate new contacts soon and will probably also formulate a new offer of €7m net per season plus bonuses.
However, if an agreement is not found by the end of this season, the player will have to be sold in the next summer transfer to avoid the risk of losing the 23-year-old on a free transfer in the summer of 2024, given the precedent set by Gianluigi Donnarumma and Franck Kessie in the last two years.
One obstacle must not be forgotten which is affecting the negotiation a lot, specifically the fine that Leao has to pay to Sporting CP jointly with Lille. Then there is also another question that complicates things: who is authorised to negotiate the renewal of the contract on the player’s behalf?
On one side is the French lawyer Ted Dimvula, on the other his agent Jorge Mendes. In short, there is no lack of obstacles, but Milan want to secure Leao’s long-term commitment at all costs and for this reason they are ‘ready to do everything’.