Chelsea attempted to sell their USMNT star Christian Pulisic last summer, but their plan fell through.
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As interim sporting director, Todd Boehly is starting a quick tour of Europe. The co-owner went all out during his first transfer window to establish himself and accomplish goals for the club.
Chelsea also invested on young talent with the £250 million it spent to sign Marc Cucurella, Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly, Wesley Fofana, and others.
Rafael Leao was being sought by one of those to leave AC Milan. The Portuguese winger established himself as one of the most dynamic strikers in the world during Milan’s Scudetto-winning season in his third season in Serie A. Due to his ten assists and 11 goals, he was linked to lucrative deals to Chelsea, Real Madrid, and Manchester City.
One of many teams keeping an eye on him and his 2024-bound deal was the Blues. Due to the uncertainty surrounding his future, there was hope that his £138 million ($172 million) release clause could be lowered. The financial offer alone was too expensive for Chelsea after everything they had already spent, so they chose another route, according to the Athletic.
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At the time, Todd Boehly offered Milan Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic in exchange for bringing Rafael Leo to London. According to reports, the club valued him at £86.5 million ($108m), negating the release clause, but they were eager to offload their expensive and underperforming assets in addition to bringing in a new player.
Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic each attracted interest from other parties and came very close to moving away at various stages, but nothing was agreed.
As a result of yet another unsuccessful campaign at Stamford Bridge, they now appear destined to leave the club this summer. However, there is no longer any sense that a Leao switch would be possible.
Rafael Leao was reportedly considered by Chelsea as a potential striker option for the team, giving insight into the areas they thought needed improvement overall. Though Rafael Leao is unlikely to be that player, the same may still be stated if a center forward is still at the top of their summer list.