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Real Madrid among the clubs tracking Portuguese forward, Ancelotti likes him a lot

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As AC Milan reach the semifinal of the UEFA Champions League for the first time in 17 years, Rafael Leao has had a big role to play.

With five assists in the competition, the Portuguese sensation has played a key role in Milan’s dream run in the competition. They are now threatening to reach the final as they meet Inter in the semifinals.

Unsurprisingly, Leao’s performances in Europe and in Italy have not gone unnoticed. According to AS, Real Madrid are one of the clubs keeping close tabs on the attacker, whose contract at Milan expires in 2024.

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti is said to like the Portuguese international a lot because of his speed, physical presence and goalscoring acumen.

Although Leao expressed his love for Milan soon after the Napoli tie, his future remains uncertain. Milan are trying to renew the contract of the Portuguese international, but there is a clear disparity between what the player wants and what the club are offering.

The most notable point of contention is the €150 million release clause that Milan wants to increase to €200 million. But Leao insists it should remain the same, knowing it will give his suitors the opportunity to snap him up at the end of the season.

To that end, Real Madrid are monitoring the situation. They have received good reports about the player and even though the club have multiple players in his positon, they have not ruled out a move for the attacker in the coming season.

Chelsea had come close to signing Leao not so long ago. The Blues had negotiated a transfer for the attacker in January, but the move did not materialise. But as they look ahead to the summer transfer window, the club may break the bank for the services of the Milan forward.

Several other Premier League clubs are also said to be interested. So, Real Madrid will not have it easy if they decide to act on their interest in Leao.

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club

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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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