Chelsea 'suffer ANOTHER transfer blow as AC Milan BLOCK a move for striker Rafael Leao as club chief Paulo Maldini demands his £130m release clause be paid in full'... after Blues missed out on Arsen Zakharyan and Edson Alvarez

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Chelsea 'suffer ANOTHER transfer blow as AC Milan BLOCK a move for striker Rafael Leao as club chief Paulo Maldini demands his £130m release clause be paid in full'... after Blues missed out on Arsen Zakharyan and Edson Alvarez

  • Chelsea have been trying to sign AC Milan forward Rafael Leao in recent days
  • They offered Milan £69m for the striker, but this proposal was rejected
  • Milan chief Paulo Maldini wanted Chelsea to pay Leao's £150m release clause
  • Leao will now stay at Milan after his release clause was not met by Chelsea
  • Chelsea have also missed out on Arsen Zakharyan and Edson Alvarez 

Chelsea have been dealt another transfer blow after AC Milan blocked their move to sign striker Rafael Leao, according to reports.

The Blues have been in talks with their Italian counterparts in a bid to thrash out a deal, and it is understood that they offered the Serie A champions €80m (69m) for Leao in their latest round of discussions.

Milan technical director Paulo Maldini is not happy with this proposal, though, and wants Chelsea to pay Leao's €150m (£130m) release clause in full, as reported by The Times journalist Duncan Castles.

Rafael Leao is set to stay at AC Milan after the Italian club weren't satisfied with Chelsea's offer

Rafael Leao is set to stay at AC Milan after the Italian club weren't satisfied with Chelsea's offer

Rafael Leao is set to stay at AC Milan after the Italian club weren't satisfied with Chelsea's offer

With Chelsea unwilling to match Milan's valuation, Leao is set to stay at the Italian club for now.

This will be music to the ears of Milan fans given the important role Leao played in the side's title win last term. The Portugal international scored 11 league goals and was voted Serie A MVP as Milan pipped local rivals Inter Milan to top spot.

However, it is a fresh setback for Chelsea after two other deals fell through for the west London outfit in a matter of hours.

Thomas Tuchel's side looked on course to sign Russian midfielder Arsen Zakharyan from Dinamo Moscow for £12.6m but this transfer was blocked by British sanctions.

They also had their eyes set on Ajax's holding midfielder Edson Alvarez, and launched a £43m bid to try to secure his services.

Chelsea wanted to sign Arsen Zakharyan but this move has been blocked by British sanctions

Chelsea wanted to sign Arsen Zakharyan but this move has been blocked by British sanctions

Chelsea have also missed out on Edson Alvarez, who has been told he will be staying at Ajax

Chelsea have also missed out on Edson Alvarez, who has been told he will be staying at Ajax

Alvarez was keen on a switch to Stamford Bridge, and even refused to train with his Ajax team-mates in an attempt to force through a move.

However, the Dutch giants reportedly sat him down on Thursday and informed him that he would be staying at the club as they feel they have lost too many players, and they will be unable to find a replacement for Alvarez due to the transfer window having already closed in the Netherlands.

It has been a frustrating final day for Chelsea so far, although they do look set to sign Barcelona striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with Marcos Alonso going in the opposite direction.

Aubameyang's arrival would take their spending beyond the £270m mark since Todd Boehly became the club's new owner earlier this summer.

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