Official: Leão joins Milan from Lille on a five-year deal

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Rafael Leão holding a Milan jersey at Casa Milan. (@acmilan.com)

Rafael Leão is officially a new player of Milan, after undergoing the medical and signing the contract.

Italian forward Patrick Cutrone officially joined Wolverhampton Wanderers on a permanent deal two days ago, and today the Rossoneri announced the arrival of his replacement: 20-year-old Rafael Leão.

The player has decided to wear the #19 jersey. Milan posted a statement on their website on Thursday, confirming Leão:

“Milan (the Club) is delighted to announce that the Club has reached an agreement with LOSC Lille for the acquisition of Portuguese forward Rafael Alexandre da Conceiҫão Leão. The 20-year old attacker joins the Rossoneri on a five-year deal.

“Born in Almada (Portugal) on June 10th 1999, Rafael Leão joined Sporting CP youth teams before making his début with the First Team in 2017 recording 5 appearances, scoring two goals and winning the Taҫa da Liga. In summer 2018 he joined LOSC Lille, in France, with whom he scored 8 goals in 26 matches. He has also played with Portugal’s youth national teams starting from U16 up to U21 and won the UEFA European U-17 Championship in 2016.”

Paolo Maldini, Rafael Leão and Frederic Massara at Casa Milan. (@acmilan.com)

It is believed that Milan will pay Lille €25m plus bonuses for the player, in addition to transferring center back Tiago Djaló, who is valued at €5m, to Lille. Leão will be earning €2m per season with bonuses that can take his salary up to €2.5-2.7m a year, according to a Sky Italian report.

Leão grew up in the youth department of Sporting CP and moved to Lille only last year – on a free transfer. After scoring 8 goals, he is now making another step forward in his career, joining Milan.

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Ashraf

Welcome leao

Cage

Welcome Leao…

MilanEstonia

Take us to Champions league Leao!

In other news, looks like Inter are about to sign Lukaku or Dybala and Dzeko. I hope it’s Lukaku so we can see his amazing first touches :p

Levano

Lukaku-Dybala swap is more accurate and more current news. and 34 yo Dzeko can join whoever he likes.

yourBoss

Dont flop

tcl00

Great news! Hopefully he’ll have instant effect

Martin Bernhard

Think he will do great for milan as he seems to be a very talented player but with in mind that we sold Cutrone and djalo to finanze this deal he better show great work ethics and profesionalismn as well.

The Big Dog

Personally I don’t think much of him and only hopes he turns out good while experts and commentators are saying that Leao is potentially a phenomenon. Time shall tell.

Martin Bernhard

Well from what ive seen he does seem to be a fast and techically gifted player and have great movement with or without the ball and is also a bit taller than our other forwards so i think he will offer our attack som new dimension to us attacking. Add correa as well and we will propably be a lethal attacking force. Still disapointed though that they sold cutrone but hopefully he will come back in a few years stronger than ever.

Andy

Smart buys! Looking forward to the next few years…

Agustinar

When will Bennacer join?

Benson Milan

He should be in Milan on August 10th, and the official will follow

Ibrahim Sheba

Wishing him great luck at milan