Rafael Leao’s first World Cup goal for Portugal could further increase his salary demands for Milan, while Chelsea and Manchester City will be tempted to make offers in January, according to reports in Italy.
The Portuguese star has been in talks over a new deal with the Serie A champions for several months, but the two parties are struggling to reach an agreement.
Milan wanted to extend with Leao, whose current deal runs out in June 2024, before the World cup knowing that positive performance in Qatar would increase his salary demands.
This is exactly what’s going on at the World Cup, as Leao scored his first goal in the competition against Ghana on Wednesday.
Il Corriere Dello Sport reports that Milan not only fear Leao’s salary requests will become unaffordable for the club but are worried that several suitors will knock on their door in January.
The Rossoneri rejected an approach from Chelsea in August when the Blues were ready to offer up to €120m.
Manchester City and PSG are also interested in the exciting 23-year-old who was named the best Serie A Player for 2021-22.
The Rossoneri are determined to keep hold of Leao until the end of the season unless they receive an offer in the region of €150m, which is how much Leao’s release clause is worth.
If the player does not pen a new agreement with Milan by the end of the season, the Serie A giants will be forced to sell in the summer to avoid seeing him leave as a free agent in June 2024.