Milan Optimistic About Prolonging Deals of Two Pillars

After striking a deal with Pierre Kalulu, Milan now needs to take care of Ismael Bennacer and Rafael Leao, whose contracts are up in 2024. Their executives are confident they will get it done in both instances. The Algerian midfielder is significantly more likely to put pen to paper by the end of the year.

As per Sky, the Algerian international and the Rossoneri are discussing a five-year deal, with his salary doubling from €1.5M to €3M annually plus add-ons. His camp had asked to be on a par with other top players, for instance, Theo Hernandez, who earns €4.5M. However, it seems that the parties will meet in the middle.

Instead, the negotiation between the Milan execs and Leao will take longer than the one for Bennacer. The club has put €6M per year on the table. The request is much higher and fueled by the strong interest of Chelsea and PSG. There won’t be a meeting with his agent soon, but the phone calls are frequent. The Rossoneri are upbeat but also aware that coming to terms on everything, including the €20M fine he has to pay to Sporting CP, is thorny.

The father of the star recently weighed in on Record (via SportMediaset).

“Rafa loves playing in Serie A, and he has a predilection for the Italian, something the Portuguese don’t have toward him. He won the MVP award last season, not because he was beautiful but because he was the best. We will negotiate until the end of his contract in 2024. We are working on his sanction too.”

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