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Star winger Rafael Leao has agreed to sign a new five-year contract with AC Milan, a goal the club has been working towards for over a year.
The 23-year-old Portuguese striker played a crucial role in the Rossoneri’s Scudetto success last season, scoring 11 goals and providing 10 assists in 34 games, and the club knew they would have to tie him to a new deal quickly to divert interest from Europe’s top clubs, prompting them to start working over a year ago. Daniele Longo of Calciomercato.com details how Paolo Maldini and Frederic Massara worked closely with Leao’s entourage to try to find a deal, while AC Milan CEO Giorgio Furlani played an important role in the legal dispute between Lille and Sporting CP.
Furlani worked hard to find common ground with Lille, who agreed to pay Sporting the €22 million fine in exchange for a higher future resale clause on Leao, which was previously only 15%. Leao’s new contract will be officially announced after the second leg of the Champions League semi-finals against Inter. The 23-year-old’s new contract will last until June 2028 and will be worth 7 million euros net per season, with a release clause of 170 million euros.