Newcastle United linked with breaking British transfer record for £150m star who ‘idolises’ Cristiano Ronaldo

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Newcastle United are linked with breaking the British transfer record for AC Milan star Rafael Leao

Newcastle United are considering an approach for AC Milan sensation Rafael Leao, according to reports.

Regarded as one of the world's best wingers, the 24-year-old is one of the standout performers at the San Siro. Previous years have seen Leao make the 30-man shortlist for the Ballon d’Or.

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In 2021-22, he also starred alongside Toon midfielder Sandro Tonali as Milan clinched their first Serie A title in 11 years. Leao played in both Champions League group games against Newcastle - including their gut-wrenching 2-1 win which eliminated Eddie Howe’s side from the competition.

The Portuguese international has regularly featured in the most valuable players list and, given he is contracted until 2028, reports suggest Milan would demand £150million. His versatility makes him a force anywhere across the front three - an area the Magpies have struggled with regarding injuries.

French outlet Telefoot claim Newcastle are hamstrung by Financial Fair Play constraints in January but are plotting an astronomical move in the summer. Leao has not been at his imperious best this season but his age, profile and experience provide him the attributes to take United to the next level.

The report notes how Paris Saint-Germain, another former Champions League foe, are also hashing his signature. Speaking to Italian press last year, Leao revealed his desire to replicate legendary compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo.

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“My idol is Cristiano Ronaldo,” he said. “I can reach his level, but I’m not a selfish player. I can score goals, but if there’s a teammate, he can do it for me. It was a source of pride for me because I’ve been here for a long time.

“Milan has helped me to be a level player. Even if it won’t be easy to be captain, it’s a joy to play with the Milan shirt.”

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