Milan place huge price tag on Leao to ward off interests

AC Milan forward Rafael Leao has caught the eye of some Premier League outfits, one of which is Everton and they are interested in signing him. 

However, the Italian outfit has warned the Toffees alongside other interested parties that the player is not for sale unless a bid of €50m is tabled for the forward this summer.

Leao joined AC Milan in 2019 from Ligue 1 outfit Lille for €28m but struggled at the start. His fortunes at the club have improved with the 21-year-old currently having 6 goals and 5 assists to his name in 23 Serie A games thus far in the ongoing season.

This means that he can still add to his numbers before the end of the 2020/21 football season.

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Calciomercato claimed that the Serie A giants believe that Leao is a diamond to them and won’t let him leave unless a bid that exceeds €50m is tabled for the Portugal U21 star.

Meanwhile, a previous report by Calciomercato, as cited by Sport Witness in January, states that Everton considered a move for Leao.

The report stated that the Carlo Ancelotti led side had put an offer of €30m on the table ahead of the window that closed in February. However, it was noted that AC Milan wanted a bigger offer for the player at the time.

Leao, who is under contract until 2024 is also believed to have caught the eye of Juventus when he was playing for Sporting in Portugal. Meanwhile, newly promoted Premier League outfit Leeds United have also shown interest in the striker.

According to Gianluca di Marzio, Leao was on their summer shortlist in 2020. it was also revealed that Leeds had done a lot of groundwork to make the deal possible. The owner of the club Andrea Radrizzani reportedly made contact with Milan over Leao’s availability.

Regardless, Milan want to keep the player and only a fee that matches their valuation may tempt them to sell.