Promising Lille striker Rafael Leao is all set to join Serie A outfit AC Milan, according to Italian outlet Calcio Mercato.
They report that the San Siro club are close to landing the Portuguese hitman – with just minor details to sort out – for a fee that will not exceed 30 million euros (£27.2 million).
But L’Equipe, via GFFN, reported earlier this month that Everton had bid 37.5 million euros (£34 million) for the striker, with Aston Villa also credited with an undisclosed bid.
Meanwhile, Jorge Mendes is the player’s new agent, according to Portuguese outlet CM, and that prompted Wolves to bid 35 million euros (£31.7 million) last week.
Perhaps there’s nothing at play here except some misreporting of one or more of the transfer fees somewhere down the line.
But, there has been a Premier League premium in the transfer market for a number of seasons, because every club across Europe knows that English top flight clubs are pocketing a fortune in television revenue.
That may explain why Everton and Wolves have been unable to get their man despite offering greater financial packages.
Or perhaps, Leao prefers a move to Italy and a club that has a rich history in European football, even if they are nowhere near the force they once were.
Either way, it’s clear that Everton, Wolves and Villa were all admirers of a striker who could develop into one of the most promising hitmen in Europe in the coming seasons.