Premier League outfit Everton have had a bid for AC Milan striker Rafael Leao rejected, according to Italian newspaper Calcicmercato.
Carlo Ancelotti is clearly keen to add a striker to his ranks and had identified the 21-year-old as a potential signing.
A bid of £26 million was rejected by Milan who feel the player is worth significantly higher.
Leao has scored six goals and registered four assists during 20 appearances this season and looks to have plenty of potential.
The Portuguese striker signed for the Serie A giants in 2019, costing £31 million from French club Lille.
He spent just a single season in France after checking in from Sporting Lisbon in 2018.
Leao can play as a centre forward or on the flank in a three-pronged attack, with his style not too dissimilar to that of Richarlison.
Ancelotti has got a superb tune out of Dominic Calvert-Lewin this season but in reserve, Everton are somewhat short.
It remains to be seen whether or not the Toffees return with another firm bid for the 21-year-old talent.
During a 2019 interview, Leao told DAZN that Cristiano Ronaldo is someone he looks up to.
He said: “My favourite player is Cristiano Ronaldo. He’s also Portuguese and he inspires me a lot. He’s an idol for me.”
TBR View: Leao fits the Everton profile
For too many years, Everton have settled for second best in the transfer market and under Ancelotti that looks to be changing.
The summer business at Goodison Park was extremely good and the Toffees are in the mix to qualify for European competition.
Leao would be another attractive signing for Everton to make, although he won’t come cheap.
Although he only earns £34,000-a-week, Milan are probably going to ask for a profit on what they paid for him.
It seems unlikely that Everton will spend such a sum this month and it could be back to the drawing board.
He does fit the profile of a Toffees signing though.
Leao is young, has great potential and would ultimately retain significant sell-on value.
If a deal could be done in the near future, he could become a Goodison Park hit pretty quickly.