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Chelsea ‘in touch’ to sign 23-year-old Real Madrid target from Italian giants – report

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Real Madrid are interested in signing AC Milan and Portugal forward Rafael Leao but face competition from Premier League giants Chelsea. This claim comes from journalist Carlo Garganese who claims that the Blues are already ‘in touch’ over a possible transfer.

Leao has enjoyed a stunning run over the past 15 months or so, as he first helped AC Milan win the Serie A title last season and has carried his rich vein of form into the ongoing campaign.

The 23-year-old has already racked up an impressive tally of seven goals and nine assists from 20 matches across all competitions for the Rossoneri this season.

Currently representing Portugal at the FIFA World Cup 2022, Leao was also on target for his national team in their opening game against Ghana, helping them pick up a 3-2 victory.

Leao’s meteoric rise during this period has earned him admirers from across Europe. What has made him an even more enticing prospect is that his contract with Milan expires in 2024 and talks over a renewal are yet to yield the desired result.

Real Madrid have shown an interest in the 23-year-old Portuguese international, as he could add more depth and quality to the attacking department that has appeared over-reliant on Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr at times.

However, Chelsea, too, are also keen and are already making moves to sign Leao, claims Carlo Garganese.

“Leao’s contract runs out in 2024. Chelsea, they’re still in touch, they’re one of the main clubs, but they’re not the only club that are interested in him. Real Madrid are also interested in him as well,” he told GIVEMESPORT.

Apart from Leao, Real Madrid have also taken a keen interest in PSV Eindhoven and Netherlands forward Cody Gakpo. But competition for his signing will also be intense as the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Bayern Munich are all keen.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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