£105m player has had his turned by Chelsea's interest - journalist

£105m player's head has been turned by Chelsea's interest now, he's not signing a new contract - journalist

AC Milan’s Rafael Leao has reportedly had his head turned by the interest from Chelsea.

Leao, 23, is a highly-rated winger that’s enjoyed a really positive 2022.

The quick attacker has been a real talisman at the San Siro for AC Milan, helping them win the Serie A title last season. He’s got 16 goal contributions in 20 appearances across all competitions this campaign, too.

He’s currently shining on the World Cup stage for a Portugal side that face Morocco tomorrow in the quarter-finals of the international tournament.

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Rafael Leao has head turned by Chelsea interest

Well-respected journalist Simon Phillips has shared that Leao is not signing a new contract at Milan right now due to interest in him. In particular, he’s aware that Chelsea are now potential buyers.

Phillips told GIVEMESPORT: “He’s been quite keen to hold off signing a new contract with the interest from other clubs, especially Chelsea because his head has been turned by that.

“He’s not wanted to rush anything with his contract talks.”

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There’s been plenty of speculation recently linking Chelsea with a potential move to sign Leao.

Journalist Carlo Garganese previously told GIVEMESPORT that Chelsea have been in contact for Leao and are vying against Real Madrid for his signature.

TMW previously claimed that the Milan wide player may cost as much as £105million.

If Leao has doubts about extending his stay in Italy, that sounds like good news for Chelsea.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.