Top manager resists Chelsea move for World Cup star

December 7th, 2022 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

AC Milan manager Stefano Pioli has stated his intent to keep hold of Rafael Leao amidst reported intrigue from Chelsea.

Fabrizio Romano quoted Pioli’s desire to tie down striker and hopefully fend off interest from Todd Boehly.

Leao is apparently on Boehly’s transfer wish list, as he searches for options to boost Graham Potter’s faltering front line.

Milan’s ferocious forward has proven to be a threat in the final third, both in terms of scoring and assisting.

He has already contributed 16 goals so far this season for the Rossoneri, and rippled the net once in the World Cup group stage for Portugal.

Ironically, the only club he failed to score or assist against in the Champions League was Chelsea.

But this clearly hasn’t prevented Boehly from focusing his attention on the 23-year-old.

The Stamford Bridge owner is not one to bow down from a fight when he thinks a player might be available to the market.

His tussle with the chain of command at the San Siro could be one to look out for in the summer.

Pioli will understandably attempt to resist any attempts from South West London to steal his second top scorer in Serie A this term.

“He’s really happy with us, it’s clear. (Paulo) Maldini & Rafa’s camp are in negotiations,” said the Milan boss.

“We’re waiting for good news. He’s happy with Milan, I want him to stay”.

Leao’s contract doesn’t expire until 2024, but the added protection of a renewal may fend off Chelsea.

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