OFFICIAL: Rafael Leão signs for AC Milan
After a month of speculation, Rafael Leão’s future has been confirmed as he signs for AC Milan on a five year contract.
AC Milan won a highly contested battle to sign the young Portuguese striker, beating a range of clubs for his signature, securing his signing for a sum of 30 million euros.
Recently, Lille president Gerard Lopez revealed that as many as eight clubs had shown interest in their 20-year old striker in an interview with Tuttosport.
“Our desire was to Rafael Leão, but we received several approaches for him, even more than for Pepe" - which says everything you need regarding the incredible buzz around the striker.
He continued: “There are eight clubs interested in Rafael Leão, four of them are Italian.”
Those four clubs were AC Milan in addition to Inter Milan, Napoli and Roma, while the four non-Italian sides were believed to be Aston Villa, Everton, Valencia and Wolves.
Of all of those sides, AC Milan came out victorious, the Italian outfit having recently sold Cutrone to Wolverhampton Wanderers, while fellow Portuguese striker Andre Silva is also widely expected to be on his way out of the club, leaving the perfect opening for Leão to come into the side.
During his one season in France, he bagged 8 goals and 2 assists in 26 league appearances as Rafael Leão demonstrated his pace, physicality and composure, showing all the attributes you look for in a forward player.
Leão joined Lille last summer after he unilaterally terminated his contract with Sporting in the aftermath of the violent scenes at Alcochete.