Chelsea owner Todd Boehly is a huge fan of 23 year old AC Milan winger Rafael Leao, according to 90min.
Boehly is reportedly planning to sign the Portugal World Cup star at the end of the season after being told by AC Milan that the winger isn’t for sale in January.
Leao has just 18 months left on his AC Milan and the 23 year old winger has rejected the first offers of a contract renewal from the Serie A side.
Chelsea have made Leao a top transfer target for 2023 and have been buoyed by the news that the Portugal international has rejected Milan’s initial proposals for an extension.
Described as “unbelievable” by Patrice Evra, Leao is a really exciting individual that could light up the Premier League in the right environment.
Meanwhile, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has urged his AC Milan teammate Rafael Leao to resist the temptation to join Chelsea in the January transfer window.
Ibrahimovic said: “Of course, Milan is the right environment for him. Just look at his growth, when he arrived, he was far from the decisive player he is today. Here he is very important for us, elsewhere would he be as important? He would have to start from scratch, you can’t be sure he would be ready right away.
“At Milan he has confidence, space and freedom, which is not a given at another club, it’s up to you. Besides, you can see that he is happy here, by now he is laughing even before scoring. He is the young man who has grown the most.
“Theo has improved so much, De Ketelaere is strong, and patience is needed. But Leao is on another level, above average. He lacks a step, he will only do it when he is fully convinced of his abilities.
“Today even he doesn’t really know how strong he is. Then he will be really scary. And the price will go up.”