Chelsea have been encouraged into a second set of talks over a deal for AC Milan’s Rafael Leao, the PA news agency understands.
Portuguese striker Leao has been among the most highly regarded potential transfer targets in the Blues’ new ownership structure throughout the summer.
The 23-year-old has been in negotiations with Milan for a new long-term deal for some time and those advanced talks saw Chelsea’s interest cool earlier in the window.
However, it is believed the Blues bosses have been urged to revisit Leao’s status, which opens the door for a closer look at the chances of a deal.
Chelsea’s new co-owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali have been struggling to keep their eyes peeled for new transfer opportunities arising in their first summer at the helm of Stamford Bridge.
The new bosses only completed their £4.25billion takeover on May 31, with months of uncertainty at the forced end of the Roman Abramovich era severely hampering recruitment for the 2022-23 campaign.
Chelsea’s new bosses had previously left the strong impression that the earliest possibility of a Leao transfer would have been next summer.
New information about Leao’s situation at Milan is believed to have reignited the Blues’ interest but a deal in this window still looks like a huge challenge.
Chelsea’s squad overhaul has already seen the arrivals of big-money Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly and Marc Cucurella.
The Blues continue to sign Barcelona’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Leicester’s Wesley Fofana, with talks also underway over a transfer of Everton’s Anthony Gordon.
Emerson Palmieri, meanwhile, is believed to be closer to a move to West Ham as Chelsea set out to balance arrivals with some departures.
A deal for the Italy full-back could reach £13m, a fee that seems to suit all parties.
Thomas Tuchel has always been a huge admirer of Emerson’s attitude and personality, particularly the 28-year-old’s demeanor as he struggled for first-team opportunities at Stamford Bridge.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/rafael-leao-transfer-news-chelsea-ac-milan-b2150440.html Chelsea encouraged further discussions about AC Milan’s Rafael Leao