Transfer insider Dean Jones has claimed that Chelsea will re-enter negotiations over a potential deal for Rafael Leao at the end of the season.
The Blues are said to have been in talks with Serie A holders AC Milan this summer in relation to a move for the Portuguese forward (The Times).
However, a transfer never transpired with the Italian giants unwilling to sanction a deal worth less than the £127m release clause in Leao’s contract.
Leao is in discussions with his current employers over fresh terms as his current contract expires in 2024 but according to Corriere dello Sport via Daily Mail talks over a revised deal have ‘hit an impasse’.
Now Jones has told GIVEMESPORT that he expects Chelsea to test Milan’s resolve once more believing Leao to be an upgrade on Kai Havertz.
He said: “Leao is a bit more dynamic than Havertz. The way he plays is with more thrust and bursts and, at the moment, I genuinely think he is one of the most entertaining footballers in the world.
“Chelsea will be back for talks about him at the end of the season.”
Tipped by former coach Tiago Fernandes to have a ‘glorious’ career, Leao was directly involved in 26 goals in 42 appearances last season and he has hit the ground running this term with three goals and six assists in his first eight games.
Now it appears that Chelsea could land another burgeoning talent to take his place but it remains to be seen whether or not Leao does indeed end up at Stamford Bridge, with Manchester City also reportedly interested.