Race To Signal AC Milan's Rafael Leao Heats Up As Liverpool Set To Rival Chelsea For The Winger

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Race To Signal AC Milan's Rafael Leao Heats Up As Liverpool Set To Rival Chelsea For The Winger

Chelsea have new competitor of their bid to land Rafael Leao as their fellow Premier League rivals Liverpool have entered the sector to try to lure the Milan winger to Anfield, as per La Gazzetta dello Sport. Liverpool are enduring a tricky season to this point, regardless of signing some good gamers in the summertime switch window. Their headline acquisition was Benfica striker Darwin Nunez who was additionally the membership’s file signing for £85 million, alongside Fabio Carvalho, Calvin Ramsay and Arthur Melo [on loan].

Nevertheless, the Reds are nonetheless missing some critical firepower upfront regardless of including Nunez to the likes of Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, Luis Diaz and Roberto Firmino. As evident, Liverpool are struggling to fill within the void left by Sadio Mane who left for Bayern Munich this summer time. Leao has now emerged as a goal for them because the winger too is open to a transfer away from San Siro subsequent summer time.

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Liverpool have put themselves up towards Chelsea within the race to land Milan winger Rafael Leao. Credit: Twitter

Liverpool need Rafael Leao after long-term accidents to Diaz, Jota

A Liverpool workforce plagued with accidents additionally has contributed to their dismal begin to the season the place they simply have 4 wins in 10 league video games. A number of necessary gamers in Thiago Alcantara, Andy Robertson, Jordan Henderson, Bobby Firmino, Ibrahima Konate have recovered after selecting knocks, whereas Naby Keita, Curtis Jones, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arthur Melo are nonetheless sidelined. Moreover, the damage disaster in Klopp’s workforce went from unhealthy to worse after wingers Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota turned recent victims of long run accidents.

Diaz sustained a knee damage throughout the 3-2 loss towards Arsenal, which ended his 2022. The Colombian is ready to return in 2023, as he may even miss the FIFA World Cup which will likely be held subsequent month. However, Jota suffered a calf damage towards Manchester Metropolis as he needed to be stretchered-off from the sector. Whereas Klopp later confirmed the 25-year-old gained’t want a surgical procedure, he'll nevertheless require a prolonged spell on the sidelines for the restoration which implies he too is dominated out of the World Cup with Portugal.

Amidst such a decent scenario, Liverpool want a brand new winger as Rafael Leao has impressed the membership after he has continued his stellar exploits from final season. The Portuguese amassed 14 objectives and 12 assists in 42 video games in all competitions, additionally main Milan to their first Serie A title after a decade. And earlier than being touted as a ‘one season marvel’, Leao began this season with a bang, racking up 12 objective contributions [4 goals and 8 assists] in 13 appearances in all competitions.

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Chelsea nevertheless are reportedly main the race to accumulate the providers of Rafael Leao subsequent summer time. Credit: Twitter

No marvel Liverpool have set their sights on him, however must fend-off stern competitors from Chelsea. The Blues had been the primary ones to register their curiosity within the winger, even holding talks along with his entourage over this summer time. Nevertheless, in the long run Milan succeeded in preserving Leao as they're planning to reward him with a brand new contract. However their technical director Paolo Maldini as admitted not too long ago that will probably be tough to maintain maintain of the 23-year-old if the Blues, or every other suitor comes calling subsequent summer time.

Leao’s present take care of the Rossoneris expires in two years, as he too is open to a transfer overseas with agency curiosity from the Premier League. Chelsea are decided to return subsequent 12 months for the gifted winger, as they're able to put an appropriate supply on the desk, for each the participant in addition to Milan. Liverpool will definitely need to do one higher if they're to entice Rafael Leao to Anfield and hijack the Blues’ potential deal. Furthermore, the Reds want a winger now greater than ever given the absence of Jota and Diaz.

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Publish date: 2022-10-20 15:45:09
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