On deadline day, Manchester City is ‘closely monitoring’ AC Milan star, according to journalists.

Manchester City aren’t known for doing much business in January, but Mail Online’s Jack Gaughan and Tom Collomosse believe the Premier League defending champions are considering a move for Rafael Leao before the transfer window closes.

While admitting that there is a small pool of players who fit Pep Guardiola’s criteria, they believe City is ‘closely monitoring’ the AC Milan forward. Leao has appeared in 27 games across all competitions, scoring nine goals and assisting nine others, so it’s easy to see why the Sky Blues would want him.

Vital Man City has stated numerous times that a deal may not be completed because Guardiola is overstocked in his position, so this latest report is difficult to believe. With Jack Grealish, Riyad Mahrez, Julian Alvarez, Phil Foden, Bernardo Silva, and Cole Palmer already on the books, Leao isn’t a player City needs to sign.

Milan will also be reluctant to part ways with the Portuguese international, who has contributed 36 goals and 30 assists in 142 appearances since joining from LOSC Lille in 2019. The Rossoneri are only two points behind Inter Milan in second place, so they can’t afford to lose key players in the middle of the season.

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