Why Manchester City want Rafael Leao and are willing to pay £22.5m for the Sporting Lisbon starlet who only made his debut on Sunday

A PACY, prolific ahead out of Sporting’s youth setup – sound acquainted?

Virtually 15 years after Cristiano Ronaldo left for the Premier League, Rafael Leao might comply with in his footsteps.

 Rafael Leao made his debut for Sporting Lisbon at the weekend

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Rafael Leao made his debut for Sporting Lisbon at the weekend

With the January switch window closed, groups throughout Europe are turning in the direction of summer time enterprise, wanting for expertise to enhance their squads.

Due to the ever-growing worth of prepared-made superstars, groups are turning their consideration to choosing up the greatest younger expertise throughout Europe as an alternative.

Leao is the newest starlet to have huge golf equipment scrambling for his signature.

Manchester City are reportedly main the chase for the 18-yr-previous, however they may face competitors from Chelsea and Manchester United this summer time.

With that in thoughts, we requested our buddies at Football Whispers what all the fuss is about.

 Rafael Leao in action with Feirense defender Flavio Ramos

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Rafael Leao in motion with Feirense defender Flavio Ramos
 Pep Guardiola's Manchester City are reportedly taking an interest in the Sporting starlet

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Pep Guardiola's Manchester City are reportedly taking an curiosity in the Sporting starlet

Who’s Rafael Leao?

He may only have made his senior debut for Sporting on Sunday, however Leao has already made an enormous impression this season by bagging 12 objectives in simply 19 appearances.

Though his outings have principally come enjoying for the youth and reserve sides, he was lastly handed his league debut towards Feirense in February, getting 21 minutes after changing former Fulham winger Bryan Ruiz.

His numbers have attracted scouts from all of Europe’s prime golf equipment, all wanting to get a glimpse of the ahead’s capacity. It’s protected to say the vultures are circling the Portuguese membership.

Primarily enjoying as a centre-ahead, although able to enjoying on the left, he has seven objectives in 12 video games for Sporting's B staff and six in eleven with the Underneath-19s.

 Sporting's William Carvalho celebrates with team-mate Rafael Leao against Feirense

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Sporting's William Carvalho celebrates with staff-mate Rafael Leao towards Feirense

Leao was handed his first cap for Portugal’s Underneath-21 aspect towards Romania in November. If his type continues and he picks up extra minutes in the first-staff, he could possibly be a shock inclusion in the Euro 2016 winners’ World Cup squad.

Immediately recognisable thanks to his highly effective body, Leao has the physique to out-muscle defenders. However he combines that uncooked power with good tempo to get in behind and present a menace over the prime.

By means of his objectives he has demonstrated a capability to get into the penalty space and end from shut vary.

Simply as lethal with his left or his proper-foot, he frequently exhibits he might be each a poacher and a dribbler rolled into one.
Though he has but to set up himself in Jorge Jesus’ senior aspect, it’s straightforward to see why he’s catching the eye and getting scouts throughout Europe scorching underneath the collar.

How a lot would Rafael Leao value?

Sporting clearly knew that they had a particular expertise on their arms so, in October, they tied the ahead down to a brand new contract which runs till 2022.

The Portuguese giants even have a two-yr-choice hooked up. That is why Manchester City are reportedly ready to pay as a lot as £22.25million for the teenager.

It feels like some huge cash for a participant with so little expertise, however the Residents are paying for potential. If he turns into the participant he’s anticipated to that charge will show to be a snip.

 Rafael Leao up against Juventus defender Joao Serrao in a Uefa Youth League match

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Rafael Leao up towards Juventus defender Joao Serrao in a Uefa Youth League match
 Rafael Leao has drawn comparisons with former Sporting star Cristiano Ronaldo

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Rafael Leao has drawn comparisons with former Sporting star Cristiano Ronaldo

The place is his more than likely vacation spot?

City have expertise shopping for from Portugal in the previous; from first-teamers like Fernando and Eliaquim Mangala to teenager Rony Lopes.

However Chelsea and particularly and Manchester United may even see a chance to strike and the alternative to play for countryman Jose Mourinho might be an enormous issue.

The most important pull, although, shall be common publicity to first-group motion – one thing none of the Premier League trio really present.

The actual winners will probably be Sporting. If Leao does half in addition to Ronaldo did after leaving the Lions he shall be a star.

A PACY, prolific ahead out of Sporting’s youth setup – sound acquainted?