Rafael Leao is waiting to hear Jorge Mendes’ plans for the AC Milan striker after discarding a summer transfer to Everton amid an uncertain San Siro future, per Calciomercato.
Milan have invested around €60m (£51m) into deals during the off-season as they strive to close the gap to rivals Inter Milan at the top of the Serie A table. The Rossoneri are also still working on further arrivals, too, but will need to raise funds to balance their spending.
Milan chiefs are currently assessing which of Jens Petter Hauge and Rafael Leao represent their best option to sell. Hauge would offer an easier capital gain having only been signed for €5m (£4m), but Leao offers the larger sum.
Milan want at least €30m (£25.5m) to sell Leao amid interest from Everton for a significant boost to their budget. Mendes has also offered the Portuguese to Wolves, while Borussia Dortmund have asked for further information.
Leao is currently waiting on Mendes to make his next move before deciding definitively where his future should lie. But the 22-year-old has already decided that it will not be at Everton, after discarding the Toffees’ interest.
The U21 international, who Milan paid Lille £32m to sign in 2019, is also still working hard in training to show the Rossoneri why he should be retained, per Calciomercato. In a potential blow for Wolves, who Gazzetta dello Sport claimed are speaking with Milan over a deal.
Everton to miss out on Mbappe 2.0 after Leao snubs Milan exit
Everton will have been glad to see Moise Kean score the only goal of the game during their pre-season friendly win over Pumas UNAM on Wednesday, with Rafa Benitez looking set to miss out on a deal to bring Leao to the Premier League from Milan this summer.
Benitez will need Kean to thrive on his return to Merseyside from a season-long loan at PSG. Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison carried the offensive burden last term. But Everton would have surely hoped to add further depth with a deal to sign Leao from Milan.
The £35,000-per-week forward snubbing life at Goodison Park will also see Everton fail to sign their own Kylian Mbappe. Lille President Gerard Lopez stated, via Goal, during the forward’s time in France: “He’s the Portuguese Mbappe.”