Bye Bye Kylian Mbappe, the new Cristiano Ronaldo is about to arrive at PSG

Luis Campos would endorse the signing that would have a cost of more than 170 million.

Luis Campos would endorse the signing that would have a cost of more than 170 million.

In the midst of the frantic crusade to retain Mbappé, the Paris Saint-Germain, club board embarks on the exciting odyssey of securing Rafael Leão as the talented Frenchman's successor, in case the star striker leaves. The Portuguese player from AC Milan stands as the coveted jewel, triggering a dizzying race by the Parisians to secure his incorporation.

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Following the trend of the French league champion, the operation will not spare any expenses. It is rumored in various specialized circles that the figure would exceed 170 million euros, thus marking a historic transfer for an attacker who not only aspires to be Cristiano Ronaldo's heir in the Portuguese team, but also to establish himself as one of the most valuable assets solid Italian football.

The inclusion of Leão in PSG's agenda as a possible "future" player is not the result of chance. Luis Campos, current sporting director of the Parisian club, was the brain behind the recruitment and hiring of the talented attacker in 2018, when he led Lille's signings. At that time, the Lusitanian shone as one of the young promises of Sporting Lisbon. However, a tempting offer of 20 million euros turned out to be the ticket to leave his time with the green lions behind. A year later, his destiny took him to San Siro in a transfer that amounted to 49.5 millions.

Given the uncertainty of retaining Mbappé or securing Leão, PSG is considering contingency strategies. Dusan Vlahovic, in great form, is attracting interest, and Juventus is following in his footsteps in the Italian Serie A. Despite a less outstanding start in Turin, the Serbian has shone this season, registering 12 goals in 20 games at 24 years old. Another option in the Parisian orbit is Victor Osimhen, Napoli's powerful Nigerian striker. His brilliant performance during the 2022-23 season contributed to the Serie A title for the southern team, breaking a drought of more than thirty years.

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Although he has been linked with Real Madrid and Premier League clubs, PSG has him on their radar as one of the most notable goalscorers today. The search for alternatives is in full swing at the Parc des Princes, where uncertainty about Mbappé's future continues to fuel an exciting transfer plot.

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