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Chelsea would need to pay €150m for Rafael Leao

Premier League side Chelsea are once again being linked with Rafael Leao but they would need to pay his release clause to sign him. The Portuguese international has been linked with the Blues throughout the summer, but no official bid has materialised as yet.

English newspaper The Times claim that Chelsea are still interested in signing Leao this summer but Italian media suggest this would cost them considerably more than the €90m touted.

La Gazzetta dello Sport write that Chelsea would need to pay the full €150m release clause for Leao, if they want to think about signing the young star.

Negotiations between the two sides are yet to begin, but the players agent Jorge Mendes has already spoken with the Blues.

Leao still owes €16.5m to Sporting CP for the rescission of his contract in 2018 while French side Lille would earn 15% of any resale fee for the Portuguese winger.

Should Leao opt to remain at the club, Milan are reportedly keen to agree a new contract deal which would go beyond 2024 when his existing deal ends.

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