Behind Rashford Racecourse, Paris is still dreaming of Liao

While PSG have made contact with Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford, the capital club is still interested in Raphael Leao, according to our information. The AC Milan striker is very popular with Luis Campos who recruited him from Lille. The financially complex operation could involve Abdo Diallo.

Two weeks before the transfer market shuts down, PSG haven’t quite finished their shopping. The capital club, which has already recruited Vitina, Renato Sanchez, Nordi Mukele and Hugo Eketek this summer, is looking to sell several undesirable players but also to build strength, especially in the offensive sector. The desired profile is a striker who is versatile, physically and comfortable in the air, which would bring an added value to the workforce.

A wish confirmed by Christophe Galtier, coach of Paris Saint-Germain, on Thursday at a press conference: “Yes, we want the arrival of another striker. The club is working hard on this position. (…) We must not make mistakes, do not do anything. I know that the club He will not take and collect another player.” Because the will of the sports management of the club is precisely to present various profiles of the technician.

Following this press conference, the name Marcus Rashford was emerging as a potential target for PSG. Reportedly, representatives of Paris contacted the English player’s entourage, as the player is linked with Manchester United until 2023.

But at the same time, PSG continues to look for other ways. One of them leads to Rafael Leao (23), whose profile is especially appreciated and long-time follower of Luis Campos, the capital club’s sporting advisor since June.

Liao worth 70 million euros

The Portuguese leader has not severed relations with Leao since the latter’s discovery. The striker, who truly made his mark at Milan last season by playing a leading role in the Rossoneri’s Serie A title, has the personality the capital club seeks: a multi-talented striker, who can develop alongside Kylian Mbappe at the forefront. The 3-4-1-2 attack that Galtier imagined.

Possessing 11 goals and 10 assists last season in Serie A, Leao took on another dimension and buying the last two years of his contract – which is tied until 2024 with Milan – will not be easy. Worth €70m by the specialist website Transfermarkt, the Portugal international (9 picks) was signed in Milan from Lille in 2019 for a check of close to €30m.

Campos called him “Portuguese Mbappe” in 2018

In order to impress the Milan leaders, the Paris administration plans to include Abdo Diallo in the deal. But Milan said he did not want to give up on Liao at the end of May. Paolo Maldini, sporting director of Lombard club, noted at the Gazzetta dello Sport.

It remains to be seen if Luis Campos is willing to go out of his way to recruit Leao, who he had already brought to Lille in 2018, from Sporting Portugal. At the time, PSG’s current sporting director risked making an ambitious comparison with RMC: “He’s our Portuguese Mbappe. He’s really a reference, all scouts at international level know him well and I think a lot of coaches do too. The team in the world in my opinion.” Four years later, Campos would welcome linking the “Portuguese Mbappe” to the real Mbappe.

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