AC Milan are facing ‘strong pressure’ from Manchester City in their efforts to retain Rafael Leão at the San Siro.

That’s according to TuttoMercatoWeb, who say the Premier League winners are ‘serious’ about the forward.

It’s explained there has been ‘important contacts’ between Manchester City and the 23-year-old’s father for a potential deal.

The Portugal international’s current deal runs down in 2024, but despite the Citizens’ interest, the Rossoneri hope to renew his contract even though they have not yet made an offer in excess of €7m per year to the player.

Milan will not have it easy because TMW explain Pep Guardiola’s side intend to offer the ex-Lille man a deal worth €12m annually.

Manchester City could have an upper hand in this case, while the Serie A champions still maintain hope of extending the player’s contract, with it all being an ‘evolving situation’.

Another report from TMW explain Milan have made an improved proposal of €7m/year plus bonuses to Leão.

Milan must pay attention to the English champions, who could move with an ‘intention of snatching’ the attacker from Stefano Pioli’s side by offering the player a deal of €12m/year.

This, if true, is something the Italian club will certainly not be able to match.