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Real Madrid Keeping A Keen Eye On AC Milan Winger: What Will He Add To Ancelotti’s Side?

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Fichajes has recently reported that Real Madrid are keeping a keen eye on AC Milan winger Rafael Leao. It is understood that Los Blancos are actively looking to strengthen their attack and have identified the Portuguese wide player as a potential option.

Leao’s Impressive Form In Italian Football This Season

The 22-year-old has been a breath of fresh air at San Siro this season as he has already put in a handful of influential displays on the left side of Milan’s attack. Leao participated in 13 matches for the Italian side in the previous campaign, netting five goals and providing two assists in all competitions.

The Almada-born sensation has proven his value as a reliable performer after he averaged 2.5 shots, 0.7 key passes and 2.0 dribbles per game in Serie A. However, he needs to take care of the ball a bit better when distributing it from the wide areas after making 74% of his attempted passes in the Italian first division (stats via whoscored).

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FARO, PORTUGAL – OCTOBER 09: Rafael Leao of AC Milan and Portugal reacts during the international friendly match between Portugal and Qatar at Estadio Algarve on October 9, 2021 in Faro, Faro. (Photo by Carlos Rodrigues/Getty Images)
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What Will Leao Add To Real Madrid Boss Carlo Ancelotti’s Team?

Leao can use his electric pace to complete some dangerous dribbles with the ball down the left flank. He can use his strong 1.88m frame to shield the ball from the opposition and is not afraid to have a shot at goal from long range.

The Portuguese winger has added some goals and assists to his game but needs to work on improving his link-up play with his teammates in the opponent’s half. At the moment, Leao is quite an exciting talent, so Los Blancos would do well to bring him to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in 2022.

At 22, the future is quite bright for the AC Milan star as long as he can continue to improve his attacking numbers with each season. We can expect Leao to add a lot of pace and goals to Real Madrid‘s frontline. Plus, he could serve as an ideal successor to Eden Hazard, who has struggled with injuries since arriving at the Bernabeu. Thus, it makes sense for Ancelotti to think about engineering a move to sign the Serie A winger at the end of the campaign.

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