CM: Milan and Fiorentina return to discussing €35m midfielder – all parties want deal done

By Oliver Fisher -

Fiorentina have a concrete interest in AC Milan midfielder Lucas Paqueta and are ready to explore a potential deal, a report claims.

It has not been the easiest period for Paqueta over the last few months, with the Brazil international having struggled for game time under Stefano Pioli.

He started promisingly after his arrival from Flamengo last January but since Gennaro Gattuso left, things have gone downhill amid reports he is struggling with life away from football.

According to Calciomercato.com, Fiorentina may be an escape route for Paqueta. Daniele Pradè and Joe Barone – their two directors – want to build a competitive team for a European placement. The game system will be 4-3-1-2, with the desire to insert a No.10 of high quality during the summer market.

La Viola have been following Paquetá for some time and held talks in the January window about a deal, with dialogues now having reopened ahead of the upcoming window.

The Rossoneri are willing to sell the 22-year-old after his many difficulties and the player is happy to move too, but the most complicated question concerns the transfer formula.

The two clubs will be involved in a complicated negotiation to try to please all parties. Milan paid €35million in January 2019 and would only sell him for money, asking for €30-33m including bonuses so as not to record a loss.

Fiorentina instead want to sign the him on loan with an obligation to buy, possibly even trying for a two-year loan, even if Milan are unlikely to accept these conditions. The negotiating table is open, and there is certainly time to find an agreement.

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