The manager of Manchester City, Pep Guardiola, is said to be a huge admirer of the attacker Rafael Leao, who now plays for AC Milan. Chelsea and Liverpool are also interested in signing Rafael Leao in 2023.
The Catalan coach really likes’ the 23-year-old attacker, according to CalcioMercato. City join the growing list of clubs interested in signing Leao, who was one of Milan’s most important players last season as the Italian giants won their first Serie A title in over a decade.
This season has seen the Portuguese international continue his impressive form, which resulted in him being named the league’s MVP for the previous season. The youngster is now attracting interest from City, as well as, reportedly, Liverpool and Chelsea. The Blues are even believed to have made a bid to sign the winger in the summer.
With a rumored release clause of £127 million, Leao would easily surpass City’s Premier League-record deal for Jack Grealish last year. In addition, Milan is allegedly planning to extend the attacker’s contract in the coming weeks to fend off interest from English clubs.
Manchester City Head Coach Pep Guardiola likes Rafael Leao
Indeed, there have been rumors that Jack Grealish wants to leave Manchester City in the summer of 2022, which means that the current champions of the Premier League could be in the market for a left-sided attacker. Leao is one of the best players in this position in Europe, and Pep Guardiola appears to be impressed with what he has seen from the Milan star.
However, a move could depend on whether or not Leao signs a new contract with Milan, and the most recent information suggests that the forward will pen fresh terms with the San Siro giants, which means that City could be left empty-handed if the 23-year-old decides to stay in Italy for the foreseeable future.
Based on his performance over the course of the previous year and a half with Milan, Leao has rapidly established himself as one of the most in-demand attackers in Europe. However, for City to win the race to sign the forward, they will need a bit of luck on their side in the form of the 23-year-old player rejecting a new deal with the Rossoneri.
Because City already has a difficult time justifying meeting Milan’s release clause for Leao, Guardiola may get his wish of bringing the Portuguese international to Manchester in 2023 if the winger chooses to turn down the opportunity to remain in Italy. However, this scenario is highly unlikely.