Chelsea ‘hold’ transfer talks amid Champions League win over AC Milan

Chelsea resurrected their Champions League campaign with a 3-0 win over AC Milan on Wednesday.

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Todd Boehly is thought to have used Chelsea’s Champions League clash with AC Milan as a chance to discuss transfer targets, according to Calciomercato.

The Blues have been heavily linked with striker Rafael Leao in recent weeks and the report claims that the Chelsea owner used the two clubs’ meeting on Wednesday night to further their interest.

Leao joined AC Milan in 2019 and has bagged 46 goal contributions in 102 appearances in Serie A - helping them claim their first league title in eleven years last season.

The Portugal international’s impressive start to the campaign has seen him linked with a move to the Premier League, with Boehly seemingly desperate to win the race.

Chelsea may be handed a boost in the race for his signature, with AC Milan also keen on snapping up Christian Pulisic, meaning a player-plus-cash deal could be a potential outcome.

However, the London club will have to fork out a lot of cash if they are to sign Leao, with the Italian giants inserting a whopping £130m release clause into his contract when he arrived from Lille.

With reports claiming the Blues have already agreed a deal to sign RB Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku for around £53m in January, it begs the question as to whether they will be willing to splash the cash on another goalscorer in Leao.