REPORTS: Real Madrid Has Offered One Of Their Player To Get Rafael Leao
According to reports, Real Madrid is looking to include AC Milan forward Luka Jovic in their offer to try to pry Rafael Leao away from the Serie A winners
Real Madrid is reportedly prepared to step up their pursuit of Rafael Leao, a striker currently playing for AC Milan and Portugal. The news was first reported by Defensa Central. To get the services of the 22-year-old forward from the Rossoneri, the reigning Spanish and UCL champions are looking to offer the out-of-favour striker Luka Jovic as a makeweight in the deal.
The summer of 2019 saw Leao make the move from LOSC Lille to Milan. After two solid campaigns in Italy, the attacker took his game to the next level in the 2021/22 season. He was a key figure in AC Milan’s drive to the Serie A championship. It resulted in the Rossoneri winning the Scudetto for the first time in 11 years. Leao’s final stats for the season were 14 goals and 12 assists from a total of 42 games played across all competitions.
The performance of the player has not gone unnoticed. Real Madrid and several other elite clubs from throughout Europe have been throwing adoring eyes in his direction. As summer approaches, the Merengues are preparing to say goodbye to Gareth Bale. The future of Marcos Asensio is still unknown. As a result, the Merengues are on the search for offensive reinforcements to add to their roster.
About the report:
Furthermore, Real Madrid was unable to complete the signing of their top priority target, Kylian Mbappe. After months of rumours linking him with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu, Mbappe decided to re-sign with his current club, Paris Saint-Germain. This led to the end of Real Madrid’s pursuit of Mbappe. As a result, the Spanish and European champions have decided that Leao is the player they would want to use in place of Mbappe.
However, AC Milan is willing to battle tooth and nail to maintain control of its star striker. Director Paolo Maldini said that the 22-year-old’s contract is non-transferable and stated that the player cannot be sold. Despite this, Real Madrid is looking to put the determination of the Italian champions to the test. They want to make an offer to obtain the services of the striker.
According to the rumour, Real Madrid will attempt to persuade AC Milan to sell Leao by making a substantial financial offer and including Luka Jovic as part of the package deal to secure the player’s services. Since his transfer from Eintracht Frankfurt to Real Madrid in 2019, Jovic has spent most of his time in the Spanish capital out of favour with the club’s coaching staff.
What will Real Madrid do?
The international player from Serbia played very little during the last campaign. It is quite doubtful that he will continue to be employed by Real Madrid beyond the summer. Real Madrid is seeking to take advantage of AC Milan’s prior interest in Jovic and use him as an incentive to snag Rafael Leao.
As a result of his operation on his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s future is uncertain. Olivier Giroud is approaching the end of his playing career. Therefore, even though AC Milan is getting closer to completing the Bosman transfer of Divock Origi, the arrival of another center-forward would be very much appreciated. Therefore, the Italian champions might think about the potential of signing Jovic. But it would be fascinating to see whether they alter their position on Leao. If they do, it will be much more intriguing.