Milan have beaten Paris Saint-Germain for the signing of Lucas Paquetá; the 21-year-old is expected to have the check-ups already this week in Brazil, according to the Brazilian media.
The transfer market doesn’t open until January but Leonardo is already at work to improve the squad of Gennaro Gattuso.
The name of Lucas Paquetá has been circulating for months and it appears that the Rossoneri have now made the decisive step and have agreed a deal with Flamengo to sign the Brazilian midfielder.
According to Brazilian outlet Globo Esporte, Milan have beaten Paris Saint-Germain for the signing of Paquetá. The offer of the two clubs was virtually the same: €35m plus bonuses. However, despite Neymar trying to lobby and convince the 21-year-old to join him, Lucas has been convinced by Leonardo, who orchestrated the whole deal, due to the fact that he’d play more at Milan.
Barcelona, PSG and Milan were all seriously interested in Paquetá. Globo Esporte claims that Barca were waiting for the mercato to open before they started talking seriously while negotiations with the French club were at an advanced stage, until the Rossoneri and Leo came into the picture.
Globo Esporte were unable to reach the agent of Paquetá, Eduardo Uram, to get his reaction to the story. But sources at the top of Flamengo are saying that club CEO Bruno Spindel was himself in Milano to finalize the deal. It is also added that Gattuso approved the signing before Leo closed it.
Paquetá, who would most likely fit as a mezz’ala in Gattuso’s system, made his debut for Flamengo in 2016 and has since took the Brazilian league by storm. He is regarded as one of the best players at the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A. He has reportedly decided to keep wearing red and black.
Globo Esporte are convinced that the deal is completely done and the only thing missing is the approval of the medical check-ups which will take place this week with Milan doctors flying to Brazil.