Milan acquire Rafael Leao from Lille to replace Cutrone

One in and one out in the Milan front-line, as Patrick Cutrone was sold to Wolverhampton, while the Rossoneri landed one of the most coveted youngster around in Rafael Leao from Lille. They cashed in €18M plus bonuses for the sale of the Italian striker, while they spent €30M for Portuguese one, who penned a five-year contract.

The 20-year-old forward, after growing up in Sporting CP’s youth academy but without seeing much first-team’s football, moved to Ligue 1 for free a season ago and tallied 8 goals and two assists in 24 games in 2018/2019. He has five caps with U-21 Portugal.

Despite his size and role in the previous campaign, where he spearheaded a 4-2-3-1 formation, he is quick and mobile enough to feature next to a centre-forward such as Krzysztof Piatek, which is evidently something the Rossoneri management did not believe Cutrone was able to do effectively, as he is pure goal poacher. Cutrone leaves Milan after racking up 90 appearances in the last two seasons, where he found the target 27 times.

As far as the attack goes, the Devil has to figure out the future of André Silva, whose proposed move to Monaco collapsed at the 11th hour, and they are likely to bring in a second-striker to complement Piatek and Leao.

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