Serie A star likened to Ronaldo and Mbappe a summer ‘option’ for Wolves

Date published: Tuesday 27th April 2021 7:59 - Neil Foster

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Reports in Italy claim Wolves are an ‘option’ for Rafael Leao if AC Milan decide to part company with the forward this summer.

The 21-year-old was heavily linked with an exit from the San Siro in the January transfer window. Everton were said to be lining up an €30m offer but nothing materialised after it emerged the Rossoneri wanted €50m.

It is not known if the Merseysiders will return for the Portugal Under-21 ace in the off-season. But any suitor will have to dig deep to secure his signature.

Leao moved to Milan from Lille in the summer of 2019. He managed to bag six Serie A goals from 31 appearances during his first season with the club.

However he was handed just 12 starts in 2019-2020. Things have picked up during his second campaign and the former Sporting player has enjoyed 20 starts among 26 appearances.

He has already matched his league goals tally from last term and is starting to show the consistency required. According to Milan Live (via Sport Witness), the Italians ‘want to bet’ on the youngster next season.

However that could all change if he does not perform over the next few weeks. The link to Wolves is obvious as his agent, Jorge Mendes, has brought many players to Molineux.

He will speak to Il Diavolo’s hierarchy when the dust settles on 2020-2021 to sort out Leao’s future. It is thought that club are keen to see him stay and develop but would consider a ‘good offer’.

Leao another Portuguese star for Nuno

The return of striker Raul Jimenez will be the biggest plus for Nuno Espirito Santo next term. But the manager is expected to recruit this summer and has been tipped to sign a forward.

Whether or not he goes for Leao only time will tell but the youngster has many fans.

Tiago Fernandes worked with him at the Sporting youth academy. And he told French newspaper L’Equipe that, in his opinion, the starlet was better than Cristiano Ronaldo at the same stage.

He has maybe taken longer to develop than the Juventus man but it is high praise. He has also been labelled that ‘Portuguese Mbappe’ due to his silky skills and versatility.

Milan boss Stefano Pioli has beeen using Leao as a second striker or a winger and he is equally adept in both roles. Willian Jose is currently on loan with Wolves from Real Sociedad.

It is still unclear whether Nuno will try to sign the Brazilian on a permanent deal. If he returns to Spain then the odds of an approach for Leao will increase.

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