Paquetá set to leave Milan and join Lyon on a permanent basis, the French club will pay €21m for the Brazilian

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Lucas Paquetá during training at Milanello. (@acmilan.com)

Lucas Paquetá’s adventure at Milan has come to an end and by the end of the week he’ll be a new Lyon player.

Paquetá has not been in the plans of coach Stefano Pioli since the start of the season and has even been left out of the squad lists for the Europa League games.

Therefore, Milan have been looking to offload him and today arrived the agreement with Lyon – the club that wanted the Brazilian the most – arrived.

As reported by Sky Italia, L’Equipe and others, Lyon have agreed a deal with the Rossoneri for Paquetá worth around €21m plus a percentage of a future sale. Milan are not making any capital gain on the 23-year-old, who was bought by Leonardo from Flamengo for €38.4m in January 2018.

Lucas will undergo the medical with Lyon tomorrow and he’s expected to sign a contract for 4-5 years. As reported by L’Equipe, he’s agreed to earn a lower salary at the Ligue 1 club than what he’s getting at Milan. Already during the day, Paquetá, who scored 1 goal and has 3 assists since joining the Red and Black club, said goodbye to his teammates at training center Milanello.

After a rather disappointing adventure at Milan, Paquetá will try to prove himself at Ligue 1 and get his career back on track. The Rossoneri are expected to reinvest the money in a center back.

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Gbenga AJOSE
Gbenga AJOSE
20 days ago

So sad, but Milan have to move on. Paquetas arrival came with lots of fun fare.

Elliot azzuri
Elliot azzuri
20 days ago

Maldini is a transfer guru, his signing are always good

Urban
Urban
20 days ago

Talented player,however,I don’t see him performing consistently at a high level … all the best

OmarLittle
OmarLittle
20 days ago

It doesnt seem like Milan is going to sign a RW a damn shame they should have sold Castillejo and signed Thauvin or Berardi but still im happy with our transfermarket we have improved the squad i guess we will have to take it step by step

Malvankakaweahshevacafunesta
Malvankakaweahshevacafunesta
20 days ago
Reply to  OmarLittle

We have signed well nearly signed a great winger

OmarLittle
OmarLittle
20 days ago

Dont get me wrong Hauge seem to be a good player with great potential but i dont think he is ready to produce in Serie A at that level yet there is a huge difference between the Norwegian league & Serie A and he is used best as a LW he should be a rotation option to Rebic for now

Zumblim
Zumblim
20 days ago
Reply to  OmarLittle

How may of us know about Theo,Saelemaekers,Leao, or even Rebic before. The came from different league as well but they adapted really well in serie A. Yes Rebic played for Fiorentina,but he was not a key player at that time. Moreover milan already followed Hauge since June. RB Leipzig and Salzburg were also interested in him. Both Clubs have good scouting team. Don’t be too pesimistic about Hauge. Kaka came to Milan and planned to be loaned. Ancelotti wanted to hold him as he was impressed by Kaka in the trainning. Gold is still gold even if you find it… Read more »

OmarLittle
OmarLittle
20 days ago
Reply to  Zumblim

Maybe its certainly not impossible im not saying this to be pessimistic im just being realistic

Ranajaya
Ranajaya
19 days ago
Reply to  Zumblim

I agree. Hauge scored 14 out of 17 domestic games, and he also scored and assisted i a game against teams like Milan and the fact that Milan dominated the game intensified his quality to drive his team forward . He only 20 but i see him has a competitive mentality to thrive in Milan, and i hope him to do so.

Kaka
20 days ago

It’s very sad to see Lucas leaving , but he never ever show it up he came with a big expectation But life gos on now we need to get two player only two milikovich and Chiesa but most important is cb

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
20 days ago

Good job Milan, like everyone else we had high hopes but honestly I could tell he was stuck in his ways and Milan need players that play at a faster pace.

Zumblim
Zumblim
20 days ago

I am glad that he leaves. I hope he will perform better with Lyon. He is a talented player but he failed to show his worth in Milan.
However, I am still wondering why maldini can not offload Laxalt and Castillejo.Theo needs proper backup. Laxalt is not even close to him.
While Castillejo doesn’t seem theeatening on the right side. On the right side the run/movement of either Calabria or Saelemaekers is more promising. Hope Maldini can solve this problem aside from central defender of course

Rossi
Rossi
20 days ago

It seems Krunic will be Hakan back up now. Paqueta sure is talented, when he played in his position AM he delivered. I hope we will replace him with Dominik Sozobozlai next year. Thats the only way i will take this as a good move. Otherwise we just gave away a big talent to Lyon.

Raven
Raven
20 days ago

Yes, he is a heart attack waiting to happen on the bench. Not a professional player

Agustinar
Agustinar
20 days ago

It seems that Paqueta has an external locus of control that makes Pioli doesn’t like him.

Agustinar
20 days ago
Reply to  Agustinar

do you understand what locus of control is

Milan10
Milan10
20 days ago
Reply to  Agustinar

wait, why do u have different avatar? or are there 2 agustinars?

Agustinar
20 days ago
Reply to  Milan10

I don’t know. Only one Agustinar. May be because I reply to my comment.

Raven
Raven
20 days ago
Reply to  Agustinar

The email was different, that’s why it’s showing up with a different profile picture. Try to always use the same email

Agustinar
20 days ago
Reply to  Raven

i see

alexmilan55
alexmilan55
20 days ago
Reply to  Milan10

Maybe he changed his mail. It’s also my case

alexmilan55
alexmilan55
20 days ago

With the utmost respect for Paqueta whom I liked and I hoped he will reborn the tradition with the brasil players at Milan, he was a big failure, a huge disappointment, a fragile mentality and poor attitude on and off the pitch. I had big hopes with him but he wasn’t a warrior like Rebic for example and in my oppinion he doesn’t deserve to wear Milan’s shirt anymore. A single goal and 3 assists in 44 games for an AM, is something to forget. We have Calhanoglu, Diaz, Krunic, Hauge and Maldini for the AM position, so it will… Read more »

Rossi
Rossi
20 days ago
Reply to  alexmilan55

How can you say he “failed miserbly” when he hardly played under Pioli ? When he was playing he was good, just look at pre season. Its like saying Rebic “failed miserbly” at the first half of last season cause Pioli didnt wanted to play him. And the reason Milan is selling him has nothing to do with his quality as a player.

alexmilan55
alexmilan55
20 days ago
Reply to  Rossi

Every time he received a chance under Pioli, he played miserably, without ambition, without intensity, without commitment, so we are Milan and here you must give everything and show your skills, if not, you should leave elsewhere. How can you say when he was playing he was good ? What games did u watch ? Comparing to Rebic, he received chances as a starter and failed, this was the reason he was dropped on the bench, the quality must be proved on the pitch, not by words. And his attitude was awful !

Last edited 20 days ago by alexmilan55
Rossi
Rossi
19 days ago
Reply to  alexmilan55

Lol he scored 2 goals and made like 2 assists in the last 3 games he played in pre season, since then in which game did Pioli played him ? Against Bodo? or Shemrock,Crotone, Bologna..? He wasnt even put on the bench in most of this games. Last season Bona was given a place in front of him, only letting him play when some one was injured mostly on the wings to fill in a spot. He played against Spal as an starter AM and every one praised him for being one of the best on the pitch. He hasnt… Read more »

alexmilan55
alexmilan55
19 days ago
Reply to  Rossi

I would have also scored against Novara, my friend, don’t try to argue just because of art of arguing ! He didn’t play against those little teams, because he wasn’t part of the project anymore ! Paqueta is past, now we’re looking forward, let’s hope he will save his career at Lyon and our players would perform better than Paqueta. There is no regret for him, even if he will start to play well again, like it was no regret with Suso ! The only regret I have is named Andre Silva !

Rossi
Rossi
19 days ago
Reply to  alexmilan55

O so he was not part of the team, how is that giving him a chance ? And when he did played he did good, but of course that dosent count since you would have probobly scored as well. Good argument there, talking about arguing for the “sake” of arguing.

alexmilan55
alexmilan55
18 days ago
Reply to  Rossi

Ok, if u said he played good I’m giving up, you are right and we, the others and all the Milan’s management, we are fouls and we don’t understand football at all !

tcl00
tcl00
20 days ago

Very good news!! All we need now is to sign a defender (center back) ASAP!

Zion
Zion
20 days ago

My loyalty to Milan comes before any player so I have no regrets about Paquetá leaving. He’s nowhere near legendary status and he’s not a serious footballer.

This guy is more than concerned with doing useless tricks than creating assists and scoring goals. Totally waste at Milan. If he was serious he would have been ahead of Calhanoglu in the starting lineup. Glad he is gone.

Raven
Raven
20 days ago
Reply to  Zion

Dude, the way he arrived was amazing, Bonaventura injured, and Gattuso who was a demanding coach started him and he made me not miss Bona that bad.

The problem with this kid is how agents create hype around the player, Again, this kid managed to play at Milan and play at the highest level. However, when the agent says you are the next Kaka, you are the 10 of brazil it’s a lot to handle for such a young man.

Zion
Zion
20 days ago
Reply to  Raven

Good point.

Agustinar
20 days ago

Hauge to Milan is like Nedved to Juventus

Agustinar
20 days ago

Get Florian Thauvin. He is offered to Milan for 15 M

Agustinar
20 days ago

Chiesa can play as an DMR this season and got rating 7,46 according to a website. It means he is suitable in 4231 at the right side of midfielder. Interesting.

Milan10
Milan10
20 days ago

first off, good luck paqueta. shame it didnt work out for u. now i hope maldini can make brahim deal permanent because buying a quality am of paqueta/brahim calibre for reasonable price in today’s market will be hard (no, krunic is definitely NOT am). certainly not for mere 21m. also, shame that milan didnt ask for straight swap with depay. there will be time without ibra in the future and milan could do much worse than replacing him with depay. now milan must address the real problems: cb and dm. like i said, romag and duarte will come back in… Read more »

Last edited 20 days ago by Milan10
Agustinar
20 days ago
Reply to  Milan10

Interesting. But why are you seems so fond of Depay ? Is he that good?

Milan10
Milan10
20 days ago
Reply to  Agustinar

he’s ucl semifinalist, no? he seems to have rediscovered himself and his performances for netherlands nt and lyon are pretty convincing

Agustinar
20 days ago
Reply to  Milan10

I see. Why was he flop at MU?

Milan10
Milan10
19 days ago
Reply to  Agustinar

injuries. arrogant/bad attitude. coaches who’s not compatible with his style. many factors

Raven
Raven
20 days ago
Reply to  Milan10

Agree, Kessie is the heart of this team. I also think with a good loan move our CB problems are done.

Saelemaekers is doing good on the right, but if he can’t do it, we will see Suso 2.0 and 2.1 in Samu and Brahim.

I hope that Pioli’s message is clear to Maldini’s eyes, there I tried Krunic the guy is useless. Please a back up for Kessie.

Last edited 20 days ago by Raven
Milan10
Milan10
20 days ago
Reply to  Raven

correctamundo mate. i say let duarte and musa heal and perform until dec. if they fail to convince then sell them both and get cb for future romag partner in next winter/summer mercato. milan’s hesitation to get fofana after todibo deal fell through last jan still irks me. he was still relatively unknown back then and his price tag was only 15m. today maldini learns the hard way the danger of ignoring milan10 advice *wink brahim will do well as rw. hell, rebic and leao can play rw too. regarding krunic, its not that he’s bad player but he’s a… Read more »

Milan10
Milan10
20 days ago
Reply to  Milan10

*like i said, romag and duarte will come back in less than 2 weeks and buying tomiyasu for >20m would be a bad idea, economics and marketing reasons aside.

Agustinar
20 days ago

I think it’s better to buy an CB/DMC like Kessie than an CB/RB. We already have Calabria, Kalulu, and Saelemaekers at RB. Romag is beginning his training also. Our back up for Kessie right now is only Krunic. When Kessie go to African Cup, then it’s going to be a problem.

JOHN THE BAPTIST
JOHN THE BAPTIST
20 days ago

He had longed wanted to leave since his best friend Piatek was sold, that seemed to pain him deeply and he developed hatred for the club which affected his performance and relationship with other players, you don’t want to keep such kind of players in the squad, they have a way of spreading bad energy. The boy is good, just a few polishing to his game and his a great player, he’s leaving is more because of other factors than his talent. But if the Depay rumour was true and they didn’t swap him because we have Ibrahimovic, I will… Read more »

Terry
Terry
20 days ago

All this talk of Chiesa isn’t worth it. He is not worth 40m or whatever Fiorentina is asking for. Let’s go for a CB and then let the team gel.

TheTruthSeeker
TheTruthSeeker
20 days ago
Reply to  Terry

How is chiesa not worth £40. That’s just foolish. He well worth £40 and if you so badly want to play the entire season with no quality RW then that’s on you but the rest of us milanistas don’t want to watch castijho and saelemaekers.

Ranajaya
Ranajaya
19 days ago

The fact that Milan are willing to accept this transfer with loss is a prove that Maldini is not given enough to make significant maneuvre in the transfer market. I hope that Milan get at least one def for covering cb post until Romag return. One loan deal would be enough for this mercato as too many signing would make us get in trouble when the injured ones get healthy. Then in the next summer we should go all in for a marquee def. We desperately need right wing to be covered with quality player, and i wish Milan go… Read more »

Ranajaya
Ranajaya
19 days ago

Paqueta is quality player, but Pioli’s tactic need player who can adapt in high paced game and unfortunately he is to slow, and always touches too many that he hinders Milan progress in attack, also he lack urgency to drive the ball forward and can not press. Way too many turnover with him. He might be the next gourcuff, but i guess Milan can’t wait until he produce his true performance as Milan need money from his sale to strengthen the other urgent posts. I wish him good luck in his next team, as his departure is the best for… Read more »

ahmed salem
ahmed salem
19 days ago

WE SOLD : Suso    24M                                            
         -paqueta 21M
         -a. silva   9M
         -RR      3M
         -gustavo  2M

we bought: tonali   10M
     Saelemaekers  3.5M
          kjaer    3.5M
         kalulu    0.5M
     Tatarusanu    0.5M

TOTAL: 59-18= 41M + whatever bugget elliot is giving us this summer, we should still sign 3~4 players
depay(15M)+berradi(25M)+torriera(loan)+Tomiyasu(20M)+dalot(15M)
opinions??

joerg
joerg
19 days ago
Reply to  ahmed salem

berradi doesn´t like milan. depay prefer barcelona. torriera will go to atletico.
15M are not enough to convince manu to sell dalot. I think they prefer a dry loan or opt about 25M

We need one player for DM. Bakyoko would be nice but not for 30 M.