The transfer window is in full swing and the battle for the signature of AC Milan star Rafael Leao has taken a dramatic twist, with the player’s agent reportedly offering the Portuguese forward to Real Madrid.
The news comes as a blow to both Chelsea and Liverpool, who had been linked with the 21-year-old in recent weeks.
Leao has been in impressive form for Milan this season, scoring seven goals in all competitions and providing four assists.
His agent, Jorge Mendes, is now said to have offered the player to Real Madrid, who are in the market for a new forward.
The Spanish giants have been linked with a number of players in recent weeks, including Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland and Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe.
However, it appears that Leao is now on their radar and could be a more realistic option.
The news will come as a blow to both Chelsea and Liverpool, who had been linked with the player in recent weeks.
Chelsea had been looking to bolster their attacking options, with manager Frank Lampard keen to add more firepower to his side.
Liverpool, meanwhile, had been linked with Leao as a potential replacement for Divock Origi, who is expected to leave the club this summer.
It remains to be seen whether Real Madrid will make a move for Leao, but it appears that the player’s agent is keen to get a deal done.
If Real Madrid do make a move for the player, it could spell the end of Chelsea and Liverpool’s hopes of signing him this summer.