Chelsea will find it difficult to lure Rafael Leao to Stamford Bridge as there is a ‘big chance’ that the AC Milan star’s value and status will soar during the World Cup, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.
The winger has been included in the Portugal squad for the tournament, which gets underway in Qatar later this week.
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According to Italian media outlet Calciomercato, AC Milan have struggled to tie Leao down to a new contract and are unwilling to meet the demands of his representatives.
The report suggests the Serie A giants will continue to hold discussions over fresh terms and, amid uncertainty over the 11-cap Portugal international’s future, will not accept offers worth less than £88million when the transfer window reopens in January.
It is understood that Leao will enter the final 18 months of his current agreement, which includes a £132million release clause, at the turn of the year.
Chelsea are reportedly looking to pounce during the early stages of 2023 and Graham Potter’s side are preparing a bid, although Manchester City are also showing an interest.
Leao has worked his way onto Manchester United’s radar as well, with the Red Devils sending scouts to watch him in action twice last month.