Chelsea “will be back next year” for AC Milan forward Rafael Leao after missing out on the 23-year-old’s signature in the window just gone.
What’s the word?
Jones reiterated that Serie A Milan were unwilling to compromise on Leao’s release clause over the summer, but believes that Chelsea will revive their interest in him over time.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, Jones said: “Leao emerged as one of the most exciting forwards in the world, and as such, Chelsea would love to have him.
“Milan were not letting him leave for anything less than his release clause, but Chelsea will be back next year for him.”
Major Chelsea claim
Jones’ claim over 23-year-old Portuguese sensation Leao will come as a massive boost to the Chelsea faithful.
Despite signing a winger in the form of Raheem Sterling, there is always room for more.
And before delving into what kind of quality Leao can add to the side, one of the most important aspects of a signing of this calibre would guarantee a set attacking line-up – something that Chelsea do not have.
This is due to a mix of indecisiveness from Tuchel and a lack of trustworthy personnel to do a job in the attacking positions.
The likes of Leao, Havertz/Aubameyang and Sterling could form a deadly front three with complimentary styles.
€150million “world class” star Leao, as dubbed by 4-3-3, in particular primarily operates as a left-winger for Milan and regularly cuts inside with great potency – as could be seen in the Derby della Madonnina in which the 23-year-old Portuguese star grabbed two goals to help Milan beat their biggest rivals in the 3-2 win recently.
Having scored 11 goals and contributed with a further eight assists in Milan’s Serie A winning campaign last season, Leao has started the new season in the same vein, currently sitting on three goals and two assists in five Serie A games.
Waiting until next season when further development can take place could prove to be the best shout for Chelsea, who will be hoping he can replicate his efforts of last season.