SERIE A

Milan and Leao look to retain Serie A title

Football Express

AC Milan are one of the favorites for the Serie A title. The Italians have crashed out of the UCL this season but look set to defend their Serie A title. The squad looks a lot more complete, with the additions that they have brought in the summer. Milan beat their capital rivals last season by 3 points. Paolo Maldini played a big hand in bolstering this Milan side to take the next step in Europe. The legendary defender feels that Milan have to step up and make more signings if they want to retain the Serie A title. Because of this, the Italian Champions looked to find more solutions even on the deadline day of the window.

The club has brought in key players like Divock Origi, De Ketelaere, and Malick Thiaw. But it is evident that only these signings will not be enough if Milan wants to retain the title. Moreover, they are also eyeing European success this season as the past ones were failures. Bakayoko was linked but will most probably end up joining OGC Nice. One signing that was needed is a right back and Sergino Dest from Barcelona has arrived. The Barcelona man joins Milan on a 1-year loan deal with an option to buy. This pretty much solved their right-back dilemma.

But consistency is what is required by the squad. Milan lost to Torino away in what was an under-par performance. The team looked lost in options and individual errors ended up costing them. And one more fact that was highlighted was that Rafael Leao’s good form had made Milan overdependent on him. Without him in form, they looked quite average in the attack. There is still a lot to do for Leao to come into the category of World class player. The Portuguese certainly need to work on being more clinical.

Milan to make Leao contract decision

One of the players that Milan have no intention of selling is Rafael Leao. The Portuguese international is one of the best wingers in world football at the moment. He has absolutely taken Serie A by storm and played a big part in their title conquest last season. Paolo Maldini has confirmed various times that Milan is the best place for Leao and will continue to be.

But reports say now things are looking to take a turn. Leao has agreed to a contract extension but with a salary of €7 million. Milan are reportedly trying to meet these demands but it is not sure that they would pay such an amount. If that does not happen, they will wait for a huge summer transfer offer for Leao that would bring funds to the club.

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