Red Merseyside awaits Leao!

Red Merseyside awaits Leao!

Liverpool could break the transfer market this summer with the signing of Milan and Portugal striker Rafael Leao! The potential deal is worth €150m, making it the most expensive deal in the Reds’ history.

Leao's professional career began at Sporting, from where he moved to Lille in 2019. However, the Portuguese stayed in France for a short time, and a year later he became part of Milan, then in crisis and playing in the Europa League at best. This did not bother Rafael - in just a couple of years he turned into the undisputed leader of the Rossoneri attacks, eclipsing even the stellar Ibrahimovic and Giroud with his successes!

In the previous campaign, Leao's 11 goals and 10 assists helped Milan become the Italian champions for the first time in 11 years, and now he has 8+6 goal contributions. The Rossoneri's chances of defending the title are small, as they are 18 points behind the leaders Napoli, but they are quite capable of finishing in the Champions League zone. And at the continental level, Pioli's mean are close to reaching the quarter-finals if they maintain a one-goal lead over Tottenham.

Despite Milan's huge progress in recent years, Rafael Leao still sees the Lombardian club as a springboard for his long and certainly successful career. Right now, you can’t be a star of the first caliber in the Italian league - all the ambitious top players are now playing either in the Spanish giants or in the Premier League. Just the option with the Albion is a priority for the 23-year-old Portuguese. And Liverpool can pick him up, completely failing the current campaign.

The Reds did not really recover after the departure of Sadio Mane, and the best years of the other members of the “golden trio” (Salah and Firmino) are in the past. Now Jurgen Klopp is busy building a new team, so young forwards like Leao will definitely be good for him. The Merseysiders have the money to buy the Portuguese, and as compensation, the Rossoneri can take Luis Diaz to their place. Yes, the Colombian fit in well with Liverpool's game pattern, but he has never lacked media coverage, and he missed the last three months due to injury.

Klopp's men still stand a last-minute chance of jumping into the Premier League top four, as they did in the 2020/21 season. In such scenarios, the likelihood of a Leao’s transfer will increase significantly, and if the Merseysiders don’t get into the Champions League, then the Portuguese may reconsider. It is possible that PSG or Real Madrid will join the race for him, also wanting to strengthen the front line.