Reported Wolverhampton Wanderers target Rafael Leao reportedly does not want to join the club.
As reported by Italian news outlet CalcioMercato, AC Milan and Leao’s agent, Jorge Mendes, are keen on seeing the striker move to Molineux in the summer transfer window.Embed from Getty Images
However, the former Lille striker is adamant on fighting for his future with the Rossoneri.
Although this may disappoint Wolves fans, the club still have plenty of time to act to secure the secure the services of a striker known as the ‘Portuguese Mbappe’.
Wolves currently not an optionEmbed from Getty Images
According to the report, Leao would see the move to Wolves as a step-down from Milan.
This is understandable, with Champions League football on the horizon and the chance to play with Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Milan.
Additionally, the transfer may label Leao’s time in Italy as a failure.
Since moving in 2019, Leao, 22, has scored 12 goals in 61 league games and has failed to become a regular starter.
Fosun hold the key
Arriving at the San Siro for a reported £26.4 million, Leao has not yet lived up to his price-tag.
Leao’s reservations may be eased by looking at the career-paths of Wolves players past and present.
A former Wolves player to look at is Diogo Jota. The Liverpool attacker had played Champions League football for FC Porto before signing for Wolves in the Championship.Embed from Getty Images
His three stellar seasons at the club earned him a dream move to the Reds.
Ruben Neves, Pedro Neto and Adama Traore all played for huge clubs in Europe before arriving at Molineux. The first three of them have seen their careers take off since, becoming regular internationals.
Fosun must convince Leao that they can develop him much more as a player if he joins Wolves.
They can also assure him of more time playing as a striker. Wolves look set to play a 4-4-2 this season and have options out wide.
The transfer window closes in a month, and securing Leao could make Wolves a more dangerous proposition.