Rafael Leão’s transfer to Milan is close to being a done deal, Duarte to have his medical this week ahead of €11m move

Rafael Leão celebrating during Lille-Toulouse at Stade Pierre Mauroy in Villenueve-d’Ascq on December 22 2018. (FRANCOIS LO PRESTI/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

Léo Duarte and Darwin Núñez during Flamengo- Peñarol at the Maracanã on April 03, 2019. (MAURO PIMENTEL/AFP/Getty Images).

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.

Ángel Correa and Maor Buzaglo during Beitar Jerusalem-Atlético Madrid at Teddy Stadium on May 21, 2019. (JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

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El pharaoh

Yeahhhhhhhhhh boy!!!!!!!! This milan is starting to form.


So….. Piatek, Flop Silva with Attitude and Body Language, Unproven Leao and…. Borini as the MezzalaStrikerSuperCombo for the 2 ST spot?


Leao is what Giampaolo needs as a starter more than he needs Cutrone as a bench warmer !


Only blind people compare cutrone to leao leao can play lone s or ss as he got skill and power


If you said Depay, Jesus, Aspas, Mertens, Yedder, Tadic, Dolberg, Lozano even Stuani or even Correa, I might have agreed.
But Leao as a starting striker that Milan needs, I have to disagree completely.


Not Dolberg, he is very average. Aspas would be perfect tho


True. I was just making the case.
If we want to buy someone who ‘suits more’ to Giampaolo’s style sacrificing our own Cutrone, then we should at least buy someone who has been tested and proven to be a consistent, classy player.
Leao might turn out to be great. But he may turn out to be another Flop Silva as well. It is a risk. Is Milan really able to afford the luxury of taking such expensive risks at this moment? That is my problem with this deal.


Cutrone was a consistent, classy player ? Leao’s style of play and qualities are what Giampaolo needs from a SS, he’s a promising young striker, a portuguese Mbappe so let’s see if Giampaolo is wrong or not with this choice


Alexmilan, I agree with you brother. I have a good feeling about Leao and Cutro needed to leave for his own sake. I love the guy but he does not fit this current team. Good Luck to him


Duarte is being signed to be a role player, I expect Musacchio to still be the starter until Caldara returns. Would’ve preferred it if we had just kept Zapata tbh but I’ll live with it. Correa is a player I really like, but 50m is a bit too much. I hope we can pull off his signing at a lower price, I think he’s a player that offers everything we need (pace, dribbling, creativity) and has world class potential. We’ll see. As for Leão, I’m very pleased with his signing. He’s a top young player linked to the biggest clubs,… Read more »


7 goals in 16 starts and 1 goal in 8 apps off the bench.


I don’t know why our management are blind to Everton soarez..This guy is what we need . he has a good pace and can create lots of chances that we have been lacking and he is not that expensive.


I have the same questions..even for the likes of Nabil Fekir (he moved to Betis)


i am curious why we didnt given Tiago Djalo a chance, he was our new scouts first signing beating likes of psg, manc, barca to his signature, his already under 21 international. instead we started looking at demiral after juve paid 18m wanting 40m, when in fact we had a talented player in our roster that could have been taken to USA tour to experiment like we did with Gabbia. Now selling him for 5m to Lille without even making a single appearance is not wise. Lille is a place when youngsters shine, if he doesn’t do we have buyback… Read more »


He played just one game in his national under 20, he didn’t play in under 21 and he was a flop at Primavera ! We have Gabbia and Bellodi as the next generation of central defenders


Elliot owns Lille and Milan so its a win win situation..we can always get djalo back..and we can pay in installments for leao


I’m not excited with the idea of a physical defender for Serie A football..remember Gustavo Gomes?

Emmy Apache

Maldini refused to join milan management during the Chinese era saying they are not genuine and lack headway but am surprised the same is happening in our team since he’s in charge now
We need quality players and if truly we want to qualify for champions league we need to buy tested players too
Correa is one of the players we need to buy.
Spend money to buy at least players who will take us very close not same story

John Bernard

Go to bed mate.

ricky kaka

what is go to bed, hes saying the truth and you telling him to go bed, you go to bed, real milan fans who know foot ball will talk una go still dey talk


Hello bro, Maldini did nt join the Chinese because lots off things where nt clear to him nd multiple people complaind after the Chinese had left that there was no clarity at all,even recently Abate. He had regected several roles before that from several footballing bodies, for is loyalty to Milan,He thoroughly goes tru everything proposed to him, without rushing into making decisions. There is no similarities between the boards we have nw nd the Chinese. We have an elected President, the owners (Elliot), directors nd the management from Gazidis to Maldini,Boban nd Masara to mention a few, all well… Read more »


Take a chill pill bro. You way to fast to judge. Give it until January then you can judge


last 2 season, i told in this forum too many selfish players in milan… that’s why our strikers so difficult to make score… and i told you, suso and kessie even calabria are selfish players… they push kick ball to the moon rather give good passing to our strikers… unfortunately they still in milan this season… i hope they change their style or kick them out from milan… and thats why giampolo bring krunic and bannecer to milan…