Manchester City have been in touch with the agent of Rafael Leao, according to a report that puts them in strong contention to sign the AC Milan forward.
Leao recently helped Milan to the Serie A title and was named the league’s player of the season in the process. But with a contract only lasting until 2024, his long-term future is up for question.
Milan may be bracing themselves for offers soon if they cannot convince Leao to sign a new deal. In fact, agent Jorge Mendes appears to already be fielding enquiries.
According to Foot Mercato, Manchester City have been in touch with Leao’s representative. Contact began a few weeks ago.
The information comes from journalist Santi Aouna, who confirms there are no certainties that Milan would be able to keep the winger.
However, previous reports have indicated that Man City are not the only suitors for Leao. He is also of interest to a Real Madrid side that have missed out on Kylian Mbappe.
Either would be an attractive option for Leao to choose. While he has just won the Italian top-flight, he is now being chased by the champions of England and Spain too.
Able to play as a left winger or striker, he would be adding to an exciting attack at either destination.
Arsenal looking at Rafael Leao from AC Milan for £50m
Arsenal are looking at Rafael Leao from AC Milan for £50m
Man City are about to welcome Erling Haaland as their main centre-forward. They also have wingers like Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva for Leao to potentially compete with.
Madrid, meanwhile, have Karim Benzema to lead the line. Their wide options include Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo Goes and Eden Hazard.
Rafael Leao has more guarantees at AC Milan
Leao would be in good company whichever destination he chose. He would have to raise his own game to compete with them.
Perhaps with that in mind, he should consider staying at Milan for one more season. He is already a regular starter there and their recent Scudetto win gives them something to build from.
If they don’t make much of a European impression next season, perhaps he could then be tempted away.
Yet he may even want to consider a big move now while his stock is high. But remaining with a club of Milan’s calibre would surely be worth taking into consideration too.