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Rafael Leao was linked with Wolves in the past - he now stands to become a superstar

Wolves have done some really good business since Fosun took over back in 2016.

Fans have been treated to some fantastic players at Molineux such as Ruben Neves, Raul Jimenez, Diogo Jota and Pedro Neto.

More often than not, Wanderers do get things right.

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But arguably, there is one player that Wolves were linked with in the past that is starting to look like a major oversight by Wolves.

Rafael Leao of AC Milan was reportedly first found himself on Wolves’ transfer radar a couple of years ago. Calciomercato claimed in October 2020 that Wanderers had failed with a proposal to sign the attacker.

Those claims came at a time when Leao was struggling to live up to his billing at San Siro. He was under a bit of pressure to deliver after an underwhelming first season with the Italian giants.

Wolves got linked with Leao again last year, with Calciomercato reporting that the club were one of several to try and sign him in the summer of 2021.

During the last summer transfer window, there were no reports linking Wolves with Leao, indicating that perhaps Wanderers officials feel they have missed the boat.

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That’s because Leao scored 14 goals and made 12 assists in 42 games last season.

And this term he’s off to a great start, scoring three goals and making six assists in eight appearances.

Leao is now being talked up as one of the biggest young talents in Europe, and it was reported that Chelsea actually bid £87.5 million for him in the summer (via

Milan are said to have referred the Blues to the player’s release clause, which is around £130 million (via

Rafael Leao is now out of the question for Wolves with attacker looking like a potential superstar

Wolves have definitely missed the boat on Leao, who looks destined to go to the very top.

The 23-year-old, who was tipped to have a great future by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, is developing into a fearsome attacker.

He’s quick and powerful, and can beat a man easily. But in recent times he has also added a real creative streak to his game.

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Earlier this year, former Italy manager and Juventus player Alessio Tacchinardi compared Leao to a young Thierry Henry (via Goal) for the way he uses such attributes, and the way he likes to play from the left as well as centrally.

Wolves now have some great attackers on their books.

But not pushing harder for Leao might be something officials look back on with some regret.