Lucas Paquetá will officially become a Milan player once the transfer window opens, making €1.5m-€1.7m yearly.
The news was broken by Globo Esporte earlier today and has since been confirmed by pretty much everyone but directly by Milan, Flamengo and Paquetá.
The Rossoneri, Leonardo in particular, has managed to strike a deal worth €35 million for Paquetá, who will become the most expensive transfer ever coming from Brazil to Serie A, beating the records set by Gabigol (Inter, €29.5 million) and Alexandre Pato (Milan, €24 million).
According to Milannews.it, from the €35m, €25m will go to Flamengo, who hold 70% of his card, and the rest will be divided between the player and the agency that represents him, which is headed by his agent, Eduardo Uram. MN confirms that Milan beat Paris Saint-Germain for the 21-year-old.
MN adds that the midfielder, who will most likely be used as a mezz’ala (side midfielder), altering with Jack Bonaventura and Franck Kessié, will sign a five-year contract in January and earn €1.5m-€1.7m per season. Globo Esporte suggested that he today underwent the medical check-ups as Milan sent doctors to a clinic in the west side of Rio de Janeiro so that the transfer can be completed.
Di Marzio notes that Paquetá has a €50m release clause in his Flamengo contract but Leonardo took advantage of his excellent relationship with the Brazilian side to agree on a lower fee. Paquetá, who was also wanted by Barcelona, has made 87 appearances for Flamengo, scoring 11 goals.
It is now just a matter of time until the official and Paquetá will take off the red and black of Flamengo, to wear the red and black of Milan. The first January signing has already been made.