Lucas Paquetá will play for Flamengo for the last time on December 2 and will then head to Milano to start training with the squad of Rino Gattuso.
Flamengo General Director Bruno Spindel confirmed today that the Brazilian club has signed a contract with Milan for the transfer of Lucas Paquetá.
Spindel claimed that the Rossoneri made the best offer, which is believed to be €35m in several installments for the full ownership of the 21-year-old midfielder (70% will go to Flamengo and 30% to the player and the company of his agent).
Paquetá, therefore, can be considered a Milan player and there is no way of the transfer being hijacked by Barcelona or Real Madrid, as several Spanish tabloids tried to report in the last days. There was strong interest in the player from Paris Saint-Germain but Leonardo won the battle.
According to Sky Italia’s Peppe Di Stefano, Paquetá will arrive in Milano before the January transfer market opens. In fact, he will play his last game for Flamengo, who are still fighting for the title, on December 2 (against Clube Atlético Paranaense). A few days afterwards, he will get on a plane and make his move to Italy. Di Stefano says that Lucas will immediately start his career under Gattuso and will have a full month of work to get to know his teammates, improve his physical condition, settle down and get familiarized with a different football and a different working methodology.
Paquetá will be eligible to play when the mercato opens on January 3rd. Contacts are also ongoing with Zlatan Ibrahimović while another midfielder could also arrive to strengthen the squad.