Milan to Pay Hefty Price to Keep Ahold of Their Star

Milan expedited the negotiation to prolong the contract of Rafael Leao by taking the matter into their own hands as far as his legal troubles are concerned. The Rossoneri won’t pay the fine to Sporting CP directly, but they will contribute through a workaround, Tuttomercatoweb informs.

Lille and the player have been sentenced to shell €18,5M plus interests for a total of €22M. The Serie A side will give the French counterpart €18M by altering the re-sale clause they were entitled to. Les Dogues will get 15 percent of a future transfer but only up to €9M.

Milan added a €4M signing bonus for Leao, with €1M destined to settle the dispute with the Portuguese outfit. The management exerted an incredibly onerous effort to get it done before the summer and the start of the transfer market window.

CEO Giorgio Furlani was instrumental in reaching an agreement with all parties. The ace will earn €5M per year plus bonuses, some of which will be very easy to achieve. His release clause will be €175M. The new contract will run through 2028. He trained fully Sunday and has good chances to be available for the return leg versus Inter, TuttoSport relays.

Our Take on Milan and Leao

It was a little suspicious that the talks sped up without new rulings, and in fact, the advancements came from the Rossoneri tackling the issue head-on. It’s a costly affair, but it’s also something they had to do because the risk of selling him for less than market value would have been very real in a couple of months. After all, his importance has been glaring in recent matches where he was out.

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