Chelsea may have to pay more than €150m to sign Serie A striker

According to reports, Chelsea are interested in signing Rafael Leao from AC Milan.

With Chelsea keen on signing a new striker, reports claim Chelsea have held talks with the Portuguese over a move.

Some reports claim Chelsea may have to pay £70m for Leao, but other reports suggest Chelsea may have to trigger his £126m release clause.

According to Italian sports daily La Gazzetta Dello Sport AC Milan will demand £126.1m for the 23-year-old.

That staggering fee is in part because Leao owes his former club Sporting Lisbon £13.85m after terminating his own contract.

Leao has been sanctioned to pay €16.5M to Sporting CP for his tumultuous exit back in 2018, and that would be a factor in the negotiation with Chelsea, after slowing down the extension talks with Milan.

Leao bagged 11 goals in Serie A last season as the Rossoneri, but it’s yet to be seen if Chelsea would want to go on with his complicated and expensive transfer.

The 23-year-old was voted as Serie A’s Player of the Season last campaign as helped AC Milan to the Serie A title.