Chelsea earmark AC Milan winger Rafael Leao as full-back option

Leao was impressive in AC Milan’s Serie A-winning campaign last season.

Chelsea identifies AC Milan winger Rafael Leao as an alternative to current attacking targets.

According to Simon Phillips via The Score WWIA (h/t, the Blues have identified AC Milan star Rafael Leao as their full-back option.

Leao was impressive in AC Milan’s Serie A-winning campaign last season, scoring 14 goals and registering 12 assists in 42 appearances across all competitions.

Chelsea are currently prioritising Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling, and a deal is expected to be in place soon.

Hakim Ziyech is closing in on a loan move to AC Milan, but the West London club hasn’t asked for any favour in return yet – one might be due though, given that Chelsea sold the pair of Fikayo Tomori and Olivier Giroud to the Italian champions last year. Tomori has been a rock at the back for Milan, while Giroud scored 11 league goals.

Any deal for Leao is not going to be cheap though, despite the good business relationship between the two clubs. Since making his senior international debut in October last year, he has earned nine caps for the Portugal national team.

Cristiano Ronaldo is also linked with a move to Chelsea this summer. Meanwhile, it is extremely unlikely at this point that both players will end up at Stamford Bridge together.

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