Léo Duarte is reportedly close to joining Milan from Flamengo for €11m, deal is expected to be concluded today

Léo Duarte celebrating during Flamengo-Fluminense at Maracanã Stadium on October 13, 2018. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)

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.

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It’s a shame we couldn’t sign Demiral, I really think he’s gonna become one of the best in the world. But I guess we’re just making this signing to help hold the defense down until Caldara returns. I have my doubts though, two serious knee injuries means there’s a good chance the player won’t be the same.


Yeah I was hoping we sign Dimeral as well. I think we dropped the ball on that because we should have got him from Sassuolo before Juventus signed him for 18m.

I don’t know how he wasn’t on our radar and to think we wasted so much time chasing Lovren.

Caldara will definitely be Romagnoli’s partner at CB. Again I’m also confused about Caldara and Conti’s injuries.

It seems like we are still having problems at Milan lab as their injuries are just inexcusable in my opinion.


Juve got Demiral for just 18m because they agreed on deal with Sassuolo from January, before he played in Seria A. Those Lovren rumors were bs.


Ok cool. I honestly didn’t know that.


Juve and Sasuolo had that agriment before he come to Italy

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I think I was mistaken with Gazidis, the man wants to spend. Forza Milan

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He can play as defender & midfielder (Based on PES ).

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One simple question. If he supposed to be a backup then why we didn’t keep Zapata that actually was getting better with age (he wanted a two year deal. We offered a one year deal.). I don’t get it why we let him go. He was Ok as a back up and he was a true professional.


The salary is why we let Zapata and Abate go. Biglia will also be offloaded as well. Milan need to cut down their wage bill especially for players over 30.

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We are paying 11m for a back up!! Salary of zapata would have cost us 1m more than his salary.


It’s not just about salary it’s about depreciation costs too… Zapata has zero resale value so it’s money down the drain where as Duarte has a resale and is considered an asset for FFP reasons


Agree soheil, but Zapata can’t be sold, if Milan becomes a place for youngster to become better players the bench players could mean business. A bunch of hungry kids eager to wear our colours isn’t bad at all, although we need CL ASAP and they won’t help too much that’s the negative


Agreed. Why not bring back Gomez from brasil? He’s still on loan there. I have a bad feeling with this management. Two rookies, number two guy from roma and gazidis, who left arsenal in bad shape.


No, he can’t. Don’t trust video games. His passing sucks and he is too afraid to go ahead. When he goes, he leaves a big ass hole in defense of which he can never recover. But thanks Milan for buying him, he peaked last year and has been on a downward spiral since the beginning of the year.


Hopefully this is just a rumor as he is not Milan caliber. Fans are happy he is leaving which means we are not getting a good player. Instead we should have gone for Bilik.


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What of Gomez, shouldn’t we have tried him at least this season.


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