Milan are about to complete the signings of two new players: Rafael Leão and Léo Duarte, but there is still no agreement with Atlético Madrid for Ángel Correa.
Milan have so far announced the signings of just two players – Theo Hernández and Rade Krunić (although Ismaël Bennacer’s official is really just a matter of days), but they look set to sign two new players.
Patrick Cutrone’s move to Wolves results in a €22m (including bonuses) capital gain for the Rossoneri and they are willing to reinvent it in Lille’s forward Rafael Leão and Flamengo’s defender Léo Duarte.
As reported by RadioRossonera’s Pietro Balzano Prota and Simone Cristao, Duarte to Milan is pretty much a done deal at €10m plus €1m of bonuses. The 23-year-old center back will sign a five-year contract with the club, worth €1.2m per season according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
The medical of Duarte, who is described as a fast and physical defender (despite not having a good season in Brazil, according to many) should take place this week. Yesterday he did not take part in Flamengo’s training session ahead of tonight’s match with Botafogo and he’s ready to come to Italy. It is believed that Milan’s head scout Geoffrey Moncada played a key part in this arrival.
As for the attack, according to Sky Italia’s Matteo Moretto and others, the signing of Lille’s 20-year-old Rafael Leão is close. The player will come to replace Cutrone in the squad and is expected to cost around €35 million, although €5m of that will come from the sale of Tiago Djaló to Lille.
Reports in France suggested this week that Lille would also be entitled to 20% of Leão’s future sale. The U20 Portugal international played as the main striker of the French club in 2018/19, often as a lone striker in a 4-2-3-1 formation. However, at Milan he will be playing alongside another forward. It remains to be seen if the Rossoneri want him as Piątek’s partner or substitute.
Meanwhile, Sky suggests that there is no agreement yet with Atlético Madrid for Ángel Correa. Atlético want at least €50m for the player and with Leão coming, the club does not feel the need to make such a big investment in another striker. The slowdown in the talks can be a tactic from Milan.
Selling André Silva could change the Correa situation, but at the moment the next reinforcements – together with Bennacer, who’ll join the squad on August 10 – will be Leão and Duarte.