Leao Set to Receive Bumper Extension Deal After EuroDerby

After weeks and months of talks, Milan winger Rafael Leao is primed to receive a bumper contract extension deal. The Portuguese star’s negotiations have finally made headway following a legal dispute that involved his previous two clubs, Lille and Sporting Lisbon.

Latest reports form Calciomercato indicate that the official announcement of Leao’s renewal should arrive after the UEFA Champions League second leg encounter against rivals Inter, irrespective of the final result. It is a five-year extension worth approximately €7M net per season including add-ons and bonuses.

However, what’s more is that the winger will see his release clause bump from €150M to €170M, giving Milan more space in negotiating his transfer fee if offers do arise come summer.

Following the agreement, Leao’s ex-club Lille will pay around €22M to his boyhood club Sporting Lisbon, in exchange for a higher future resale clause on the player, which was set at 15% previously. It is a case that dates back to 2018, when Leao moved from Sporting to Lille on an unilateral basis due to problems at the club.

Lille have now agreed to compensate a major amount on behalf of Leao, whose move to Milan in 2019 played a big part in reinforcing the relationship between the French and Italian clubs.

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