Flamengo star Lucas Paqueta is AC Milan’s first January signing. Leonardo moved in advance to secure the Brazilian wizard.
AC Milan are going through a difficult period after the 1-0 defeat in the derby. However, good news comes from Brazil, with Lucas Paqueta scoring and offering spectacle against Parana in Flamengo’s 4-0 win.
The 21 year old Brazilian talent is supposed to arrive in Milan in January. However, according to the latest rumors, the player should arrive in Italy already in December, after the Brazilian championship has ended. Leonardo snatched him from Paris Saint-Germain tentacles for a sum of around 35 million plus bonuses. A negotiation that has provoked the wrath of a part of the Flamengo club ready to open an investigation regarding the transfer.
Lucas Paqueta has released his first interview today after the his move to Italy was confirmed. For colunadoflamengo.com the player, of course, could not reveal the details of the negotiation, nor speak about it in general. But he let slip a short but important line: “I can not say much for contractual reasons but I’m very happy and enthusiastic. Before leaving, I want to win the championship here“. The Brazilian then confirmed that the negotiation with the Rossoneri is closed and that he will move to Italy in January.
There is a lot of curiosity around him, above all because we do still don’t his exact position Gennaro Gattuso’s game system. Some reports suggest Paqueta will play as central midfielder and others as left winger. In any case, the Brazil international is a player of the highest quality and Milan can help him improve. The Rossoneri coach did not want to talk about him in the recent pre-derby press conference: “I will only talk about him when he arrives at Milan. For now, I’m talking about Calhanoglu, Bonaventura and Suso, who are similar to him”, concluded Rino.
The fans are eager to see the Seleçao wizard perform soon. Hopefully, after Kaka, Alexandre Pato and Thiago Silva, sporting director Leonardo has signed another Brazilian star to grace San Siro for many years.