Seven-time European champions AC Milan have completed the signing of Portuguese attacker Rafael Leao from French Ligue 1 club Lille.
His official announcement as an AC Milan player was made earlier on Thursday.
The player earlier underwent his medical this week before the official confirmation was made on Thursday.
The Rafael Leao transfer to AC Milan is worth €30m (£27m).
Rafael Leao has signed a five-year deal at AC Milan until the end of the 2023/24 season.
The Portuguese forward was linked with a move to Arsenal at the start of the current transfer window.
Rafael Leao had a very good season for Lille in his one and only season at the club whom he joined after his contract at Sporting Lisbon was canceled.
The player canceled his Sporting Lisbon contract last summer before joining Lille where he scored eight league goals to help his team to second spot at the end of the last French Ligue 1 season.
He formed a potent strike partnership with Nicolas Pepe who recently joined the Gunners for a club-record fee of £72m.
Pepe scored 22 league goals for Lille last season.
Lille have moved to plug some of the attacking gap left by the duo of Leao and Pepe with the signing of Victor Osimhen from Sporting Charleroi FC of Belgium.
EPL: Manchester United Enter Talks To Sign Experienced Goal Scorer
Three-time European champions Manchester United have reportedly opened talks over the possibility of signing AC Milan striker Krzysztof Piatek.
According to The Athletic, Manchester United have contacted the Italians over the loan signing of the Polish international player.
The Red Devils have been informed that AC Milan are open to a loan deal for Piatek but it has come with the obligation to sign him for £30m at the end of the proposed short-term loan deal this summer.
Piatek has been pushed down the central striker pecking order at AC Milan this month following the arrival of former club striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
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The Polish striker has struggled for form this season and he has scored just five goals in 19 games for the Rossoneri in all competitions this term.
38-year-old AC Milan legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic has returned to the club to take his central striker role.
Ibrahimovic is back in Italy after his contract with Major League Soccer (MLS) club LA Galaxy ended last month.
Manchester United have turned to Piatek after the long-term injury to topscorer Marcus Rashford who has scored 19 goals plus five assists this season.
The Red Devils have been blunt in attack since the England international suffered a back injury.
Man Utd Make Approach For £30m-rated Striker
Manchester United have turned their attention to AC Milan striker Krzysztof Piatek in the bid to solve their attacking problems following the injury to star player Marcus Rashford.
This is according to the report from The Athletic which revealed that the Red Devils have already made an inquiry over the £30m-rated striker.
Marcus Rashford has scored 19 goals since the start of this season in the colours of Manchester United and the England international has been the talisman and go-to player for the Red Devils this season.
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The Manchester United Academy product might miss up to three months after he aggravated the stress fracture in his back during a recent game against Wolves.
The aforementioned publication said that Manchester United want to sign Polish international Piatek on loan for the rest of this season and AC Milan will only sanction a move for the striker if the Red Devils will sign him permanently at the end of the loan deal.
Piatek is also a target for Jose Mourinho and Tottenham Hotspur. The striker has scored five goals in 19 appearances for AC Milan this season and he has lost his central striker position at the club to Zlatan Ibrahimovic who returned to the club this month.
Arsenal Finally Make Contact To Sign January Target
Arsenal have made inquiries about the possibility of signing AC Milan midfielder Frank Kessie this month via the publication from Metro.
The Gunners were interested in the Ivorian international under the managerial reign of legendary boss Arsene Wenger and it seems like the North Londoners have resurrected their interest in the player who has been one of the shining lights for an AC Milan team struggling in 10th position on the Italian Serie A table.
Corriere dello Sport is a popular Italian transfer news platform and a publication from the publication said that Frank Kessie is available for £21m amidst the interest from another London club in West Ham United.
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New West Ham United manager David Moyes wants to strengthen his squad in midfield before this winter transfer market ends and Frank Kessie is on his radar.
For Arsenal, the club is focusing on the loan market as confirmed by manager Mikel Arteta in one of his recent interviews.
Also, the focus is more on the defense rather than midfield at the moment.
Arsenal and Mikel Arteta have been linked with a loan swoop for Manchester City defender John Stones who is keen to move away from the Premier League champions in search of regular first-team football that will boost his opportunity to make the England team for the Euros.
Why Giroud’s Move To AC Milan Is Off For This Season
Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud is expected to leave the club in the January transfer window in his bid to get more playing time under his belt ahead of the upcoming 2020 European Championships next summer.
Giroud has been touted as a possible transfer addition for a lot of clubs in his quest to achieve the above stated target of more playing time before the Euros.
AC Milan were one of those clubs keen to sign Olivier Giroud during the January transfer window, but it seems like the Rossoneri have pulled out of the race to sign the French World Cup winner.
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This is according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano which revealed that AC Milan are no longer pursuing a move for Giroud and that the seven-time European champions have switched their attention to other target strikers especially Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
If the latest reports are to be believed, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is closing in on a sensational return to the San Siro in the colours of AC Milan.
Ibrahimovic is a free agent after his contract at Major League Soccer (MLS) outfit LA Galaxy ended.
He joined the MLS club at the start of 2018 after leaving Manchester United.
Fellow Italian Serie A club Bologna have also been linked with a free transfer move for Ibrahimovic.
Ex-Man Utd Striker Agrees On Deal To Join AC Milan
Fallen Italian Serie A giants AC Milan are on the verge of pulling off a big transfer with the potential return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to the club next month.
According to the Daily Telegraph, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has agreed a deal to join AC Milan thereby ruling him out of a possible move to the Premier League.
Earlier reports had linked the former Manchester United player with a return to Old Trafford where he spent 18 months before leaving for the MLS (Major League Soccer).
The appointment of Jose Mourinho as the new Tottenham Hotspur manager also fuelled transfer rumors of Zlatan Ibrahimovic joining him in North London.
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Mourinho worked with Zlatan Ibrahimovic while he was the Inter Milan manager and also managed him during his days as the Manchester United manager.
He was quick to dispel rumors of a move for the Swedish football legend at Tottenham Hotspur.
According to him, Spurs have one of the best strikers in world football in Harry Kane and that Zlatan Ibrahimovic won’t be willing to come into a situation like what’s obtainable at his new club.
Jose Mourinho hinted that Zlatan Ibrahimovic won’t want to play second fiddle to Harry Kane even at the age of 38.
Why Allegri Turned Down Arsenal Job Revealed
Former AC Milan and Juventus manager Maximiliano Allegri is not ready to take the vacant managerial job ar Arsenal according to the newest reports in the Italian media.
Allegri is seen as one of the major contenders for the permanent managerial job at Arsenal.
According to Italian journalist Francesco Porzio who works with Di Marzio, Maximiliano Allegri is not ready to take up the Arsenal job at the moment.
It was revealed that Allegri wants to wait till the summer before returning to the dugout.
Allegri is presently on a sabbatical leave after the Italian resigned from the Juventus managerial job in the summer.
He won five league titles as the Juventus manager.
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Arsenal are on the hunt for a new manager after the sacking of Unai Emery on Friday morning.
Unai Emery has been replaced by club legend Freddie Ljungberg on a temporary basis until a permanent appointment is made.
Former Arsenal winger Ljungberg will take charge of the team for the Norwich City match in the Premier League this Sunday.
Unai Emery left Arsenal in the midst of a winless run in all competitions.
The Gunners are yet to win in seven games and that played a big part in the sacking of Unai Emery.
Ex-Liverpool Attacker Set To Return To England In January
A former Premier League player will return to the English top flight during the January transfer window according to the newest reports from the media in the United Kingdom.
AC Milan winger Fabio Borini was formerly on the payroll of Liverpool and Sunderland before he returned to Italian football.
The Italian international is attracting serious interest from Crystal Palace according to the publication from The Chronicle via journalist Craig John’s.
The former Liverpool player has not been able to nail down a starting spot in the AC Milan team under new manager Stefano Pioli who replaced compatriot Marco Giampaolo earlier this season.
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Italian tactician Marco Giampaolo secured the AC Milan job after a successful spell at fellow Serie A club Sampdoria, but he was unable to replicate that success with AC Milan and that led to his sack.
His dismissal from the AC Milan managerial job led to the advent of Stefano Pioli as the Rossoneri boss.
Fabio Borini has been restricted to just 70 minutes of football since Stefano Pioli was named the AC Milan and that has led to the possibility of the player returning to the Premier League.
Crystal Palace are in pole position to sign Italian international Borini.
Maximiliano Allegri could become Arsenal manager
Former AC Milan and Juventus manager Maximiliano Allegri might not be the man to replace Unai Emery at Arsenal if the Gunners make the decision to change their manager.
According to journalist IndyKaila, his agent Giovanni Branchini met Arsenal representatives on Monday and the offer was not enticing for the Italian tactician.
It was further revealed that a second meeting will hold between both parties to see if an agreement will be reached as the Gunners search for a replacement for Unai Emery who is facing the sack after the recent poor run by his team.
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The 2-2 draw at home to Southampton at the weekend made it six matches without a win for the North London giants in all competitions.
Unai Emery built a reputation as a manager at clubs like Sevilla and Valencia but the Spaniard has been under pressure to keep his job at Arsenal.
He is in his second season at Arsenal having been appointed into the position at the start of last season.
Unai Emery led Arsenal to the Europa League final in his first campaign as the Gunners boss but it ended in a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Chelsea in addition to fifth position in the league.