AC Milan transfer news round-up: Rafael Leao’s Chelsea flirtation, Franck Kessie regret + more

It’s an interesting day for AC Milan news as there’s speculation about the club’s players past and present.

The Serie A giants are continuing to struggle to tie down Rafael Leao to a new contract, with the Portugal international’s negotiations with the club recently described as looking ‘difficult’ by Fabrizio Romano in his Daily Briefing for CaughtOffside.

Leao has been a star player for Milan and it’s inevitable that other top clubs will now be showing an interest, but it’s not clear where he’s going to end up.

Chelsea are one of the main names being linked with Leao, and he’s been flirting with the Blues on social media a bit in the last few days, responding to praise from Reece James.

The England international, a key player and big name at Stamford Bridge, praised Leao as one of the trickiest opponents he’s come up against in his career, and it was clear the Milan attacker was pleased to hear the compliment.

You can see their exchange below, with Leao describing James as his “bro”…

This might well have some fans with AC Milan tickets in the next few months a little worried about whether they’ll actually get the chance to see Leao in action at the San Siro in the second half of the season.

Chelsea have major problems in attack right now, and Leao could be the answer to their issues in that department, with the 23-year-old sure to be a major upgrade on the likes of Christian Pulisic, Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech.

Meanwhile, Rossoneri fans may also be intrigued to hear there’s already some doubt over Franck Kessie’s future at Barcelona.

The Ivory Coast international only left Milan for Barca in the summer upon the expiry of his contract, but he’s not played as often as would’ve been expected for his new club.

Various Italian outlets are now stating that our rivals Inter are keeping an eye on Kessie’s situation, while Tottenham were also interested in the summer and could potentially revive their interest if he is on the move again.

It would be painful to see a former star like Kessie lining up for Inter, so could Milan try to bring him back instead? So far, there’s not much in the way of speculation suggesting that’s on the cards.

Either way, Fabrizio Romano insists he’s focused on trying to make it work at Barca, saying: “There are no talks to sign him between clubs. His agent stated that he will stay in January; Kessie still hopes to do his best for Barcelona.”