Manchester City and Chelsea planning move for £22.2 million striker

Manchester City and Chelsea have been heavily linked with an interest in Sporting Lisbon striker Rafael Leao.

The Portugal U21 international recently made his first-team debut at Sporting, making his first appearance in Sunday’s 2-0 victory over Feirense.

The 18-year-old came off the bench as a substitute for Bryan Ruiz 69 minutes into the game to complete his rapid rise through Sporting’s ranks.

Leao has been at Sporting since the age of nine and is highly regarded at the club.

He has found the net five times in six appearances in the UEFA Youth League, plus six goals in 11 games for Sporting’s second string in the Segunda Liga.

Leao is believed to be a Celtic loyalist and has expressed an interest in playing for the Hoops during his career.

City’s Patrick Roberts is currently out on loan at Parkhead and the two clubs’ positive relationship could be the key to Leao’s move to Britain if the Premier League club can sign him.

 

With the likes of Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus competing for striking roles it’s unlikely that Leao would have much to do with City’s first team straight away, but a successful loan spell with Celtic could be of benefit to all parties involved.

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