Manchester City are promising head coach Pep Guardiola that the club will move for AC Milan attacker Rafael Leao next summer, according to a report.
Manchester City They have reportedly promised a head coach Pep Guardiola that the club will try to bring AC Milan attacking Rafael Leao at the Etihad Stadium.
Last week it was announced that Guardiola had signed a new contract with Ciutadans, which will see him through to the end of the 2024-25 campaign.
According to Fichajes, Man City’s upcoming transfer business was discussed during the renewal talks, with Guardiola wanting to know the club’s plans for the next few windows.
The report claims the Premier League champions are planning to bring another high-profile striker to the club next summer, with Leao identified as their main target in that area of the pitch.
Man City have reportedly promised Guardiola they will do “everything possible” to secure the signature of the striker, who is currently representing Portugal at the 2022 World Cup.
Chelsea were heavily linked with Leao over the summer, with the Blues said to have received at least one bid for him at the end of the transfer window.
In the meantime, Manchester United, Real Madrid i Barcelona They are also said to be admirers of the striker, and Milan are not in a strong position regarding his future, with his current deal set to expire in June 2024.
There have been discussions over a potential new deal at the San Siro, but the Italian champions have yet to agree a deal with the in-demand striker.
“It is true that the clubs can talk, but we have not had any approach after the closing of the signing market. Now Rafa has to concentrate on this season and he is doing very well”, explained the director of Milan. Paul Maldini he told Mediaset last month.
“We would like the contract to be settled before the World Cup, in fact we were hoping to do it six months ago, but we need the right conditions. Our idea is to do it before November 12, then we will do it. a see what happens.”
Leao was in fine form at club level during the 2021-22 campaign, making 42 appearances in all competitions, scoring 14 goals and providing 12 assists in the process.
The Portuguese has also made an impressive start to the season, scoring seven goals and registering nine assists in 20 appearances in all competitions.
Leao has six goals and five assists in 14 Serie A games during the 2022-23 campaign, as well as contributing one goal and four assists in six Champions League group stage games.
The striker was also on the scoresheet in Portugal’s World Cup opener against Ghana on Thursday, finding the back of the net in the 80th minute, just three minutes after coming on as a substitute.
Source: Pep Guardiola ‘promised by Manchester City that club will move for Rafael Leao’