Talks Between Milan and Star Taking Turn for the Worse

Director Paolo Maldini voiced his confidence about coming to terms with Rafael Leao prior to the World Cup. However, the lone meeting with his entourage didn’t lead to meaningful progress. The parties haven’t scheduled a new one yet.

As per Tuttomercatoweb, the Rossoneri convened with French lawyer Ted Dimvula, who’s technically the Portuguese’s agent at this stage. But the player’s father also gave the power of attorney to Jorge Mendes later on. That has caused a legal dispute that has yet to be solved. In addition, the fine the striker has to pay Sporting CP adds another layer of difficulty.

At the moment, Milan and the Leao camp aren’t on the same page on anything: the wages, the length of the deal, and how to split the outstanding sanction. The Rossoneri believe he wants to stay. However, they will be in a tough position if they receive a large bid in January.

According to the publication, Chelsea and Manchester City could tender €100M+ if there was an opening. Handing him a wealthy salary would be no problem for them. Differently from what happened with Gianluigi Donnarumma and Hakan Calhanoglu, the Scudetto winners don’t want to get close to the expiration date in this case.

Our Take on Milan and Leao

It’s a big mess considering the unprecedented problems the talks present. It was strange for their exec to speed up the timetable. On the other hand, the Rossoneri still have time to ride things out until the summer rather than admitting defeat in January. Even without advancement on the new contract, his valuation shouldn’t drop given his performances and the predictable competition to sign him.

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