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Leeds taking on AC Milan in transfer battle for Ivory Coast star Hamed Traore

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LEEDS and Serie A champions AC Milan have enquired about Sassuolo star Hamed Traore, according to reports.

Traore, 22, broke through the academy at Empoli before secure a two-year loan deal to join Sassuolo ahead of the 2019/20 season.

Traore is attracting interest from Leeds and AC Milan

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Traore is attracting interest from Leeds and AC MilanCredit: Getty

The Ivory Coast international’s loan was then turned into a permanent transfer last summer,

Traore then went on to score eight goals in 32 appearances across all competitions for Sassuolo.

And according to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Traore’s fine form has attracted interest from Premier League outfit Leeds.

The Sassuolo ace is said to be a possible Raphinha replacement.

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Raphinha is attracting interest from a number of top clubs in England and mainland Europe.

Barcelona are leading the pack for Raphinha, with agent Deco handling the situation.

Barca president Joan Laporta said: “We have spoken with Leeds.

“I don’t think it will offend them (to say so) because we have spoken personally (with Raphinha) and we are in communication, but there are also other clubs that want Raphinha and have made their offers.

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“We know that the player would like to come to Barcelona.”

However, Italian champions Milan are also keen on the midfielder.

Milan are said to be keen on Traore, who will help mount their title defence.

However, Sassuolo will not part ways with the up-and-coming star easily.

Sassuolo CEO Giovanni Carnevali said: “We have received a request (from Leeds), but I repeat, we will not sell all of them.”



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