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CITY’S SWOOP

Under-21 international has burst onto the scene and was rewarded with a new contract last October

MANCHESTER CITY are reportedly about to table a £22.25million bid for Sporting Lisbon wonderkid Rafael Leao.

The striker is regarded as one of the most-promising attackers in Europe after his exploits in Portugal.

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Manchester City have reportedly lodged a big money move for Sporting Lisbon hotshot Rafael Leao

Chelsea are also interested in the 18-year-old hotshot – but Arab News claims the Cityzens are attempting to steal a march on their rivals.

Leao, a Portugal Under-21 international, has burst onto the senior scene this season and scored 12 goals in 19 matches.


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Six of those have come in his 11 league matches, with the starlet also providing one assist.

Sporting have already rejected a number of approaches from interested parties across the continent over his availability.

Chelsea are also tracking the talented Portugal Under-21 international

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Chelsea are also tracking the talented Portugal Under-21 international

William Carvalho (L) celebrates with goalscorer Rafael Leao during the Sporting and Feirense clash

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William Carvalho (L) celebrates with goalscorer Rafael Leao during the Sporting and Feirense clash

That led them to extend the youngster’s contract until 2022 last October.


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However, the report states that his new deal includes a…



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