Milan are getting a new center back as 23-year-old Duarte seems set to arrive.
The Rossoneri have been chasing a new center back all summer and now it seems that they have found their man: Léo Duarte, 23, from Flamengo.
After failing to land Ozan Kabak, Milan have been linked with the likes of Dejan Lovren, Dayot Upamecano, Merih Demiral and Daniele Rugani among others.
However, due to the high costs of such operations, the club – according to Milannews.it – has decided to change strategies and sign a low-cost center back and instead keep their faith in a future Alessio Romagnoli-Mattia Caldara partnership.
Journalist Alessandro Austini broke the news first, but it was later confirmed by Globoesporte: Milan are close to agreeing a deal with Flamengo for Duarte. The Rossoneri are expected to pay €11 million for the player in two installments, according to what is being reported in Brazil.
The reliable Globoesporte claims Milan and Flamengo are in the process of exchanging documents and that the deal should be concluded later this Friday. Duarte, like many Brazilian players, is owned by several parties, with the Rubro-Negro owning 50% of his ownership. There seems to be an agreement, however, with all the sides involved and Léo should soon join Lucas Paquetá at Milan.
Flamengo fans online seem to be very pleased with the transfer as Duarte has not been having a good season. It remains to be seen how he’ll fit in at Milan as he probably won’t be a starter.