AC Milan will pay a much higher fee to Flamengo for the transfer of Lucas Paqueta than what has been widely reported, their president has confirmed.
Paqueta arrived at Milan in January 2019 when Leonardo was the sporting director for a fee widely reported to be €35million, and Krzysztof Piatek joined not long after from Genoa for the same fee.
After a promising first few months under Gennaro Gattuso, the Brazil international has struggled. He has found himself down the pecking order under current head coach Stefano Pioli amid reports he is struggling with life off the field.
That has led to speculation in the media that he could depart this summer, with Paris Saint-Germain, Benfica, Fiorentina and even Flamengo all credited with an interest, but the amount Milan must raise so they don’t record a loss could be a hurdle.
Now, the president of his former side – Eduardo Bandeiro – has revealed to ESPN (via MilanLive) that Flamengo stand to gain a lot more than €35m from Paqueta’s sale.
“We sold him for 35 million. But the bonuses will bring the proceeds of Flamengo to 45 million euros,” he revealed.