CHELSEA have reportedly received a boost in their pursuit of Rafael Leao as the AC Milan star is unwilling to sign a new contract.
The Portuguese winger has just 18 months left on his Milan contract.
But there’s no sign he’s putting pen to paper anytime soon as Leao is unhappy with the wages being offered by the Serie A champions.
He is believed to want around £115,000 a week but Milan are yet to meet his demands, Football Transfers report.
Despite the impasse, the Italian side remain hopeful that Leao will extend his stay.
Milan technical director Paolo Maldini is believed to be in negotiations with Leao and his representatives and club president Paolo Scaroni is confident an agreement will be reached.
But until Leao’s future is finalized, Chelsea are likely to remain interested.
The Blues had turned down a £70million bid in the summer but could return with more bids in January or at the end of the season.
Milan reportedly value Leao at more than £87m.
The winger – also a target for Manchester United – has scored seven goals and provided nine assists in Serie A and the Champions League this season.
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United have sent scouts to watch the 23-year-old in action but it’s not clear if he’s open to a move to Old Trafford.
Paris Saint-Germain are also believed to be keeping an eye on Leao.
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