Tottenham Hotspur full-back Matt Doherty has revealed his fandom for reported Chelsea target Rafael Leao.

Speaking to the club website, Doherty named the Portugal international as his player to watch in the next round of World Cup fixtures.

Leao has already given people reason to turn on their television screens following his debut at the tournament last week.

The 23-year-old came off the bench and scored in Portugal’s narrow 3-2 victory over Ghana.

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Fernando Santos will hope to call upon his services again at some point when his nation face Uruguay later today.

“I don’t think he will start, but if he does start, a player to look out for is Portugal’s Rafael Leao,” said Doherty.

“He plays for AC Milan, a strong, direct winger, very fast. Hopefully he start, if not, I’m sure he’ll come off the bench. He did that and scored against Ghana in the first game. He’s very good.”

That low finish into the bottom corner against Ghana has become a customary action for the attacker in the past two seasons.

He scored 14 times for AC Milan last term, and is already up to seven for the current campaign.

It is not only rippling the net that Leao thrives off.

Since the start of 2021/22, he has provided 21 assists for Milan.

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This deadly combination of goal contributions has made the forward one of Europe’s most in-demand players.

Chelsea chase Rafael Leao

Chelsea are apparently one of those prepared to battle the likes of Real Madrid for Leao’s signature.

A signature that will come at a great cost, and one that may increase as the World Cup goes on.

Leao is being priced at £105m by his Italian employers, with his contract not due to expire until 2024.

Milan could easily increase the value depending how Portugal perform in Qatar.

They might also take advantage of Chelsea’s desperate need for a consistent goal scorer.

If Todd Boehly is eager to improve Graham Potter’s squad, he will have to relinquish a few fair pennies.

"Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produced regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League. Nathaniel is a full-time writer for the Chelsea Chronicle, and was formerly their social media man. His footballing career reached the sparkling heights of winning the Under-13s Bloxham Tournament in 2011."