Lucas Paqueta made the fans dream, arriving in January of last year along with Kris Piatek. In the end, however, both failed to prove their worth, with the Polish striker getting sold and the Brazilian heading for the same destiny.
As Calciomercato.com highlights, Leonardo and Maldini convinced Elliott to invest in Paqueta, confident that it would help them get the Champions League. Milan finished in 5th place and 14 months later, Paqueta is a burden on the balance sheet.
This season, now brought to a halt by the Coronavirus emergency, the Brazilian has racked up just one assist in 19 appearances. Furthermore, he hasn’t had many chances from start, failing to impress when given the opportunity.
And if the numbers on the pitch are negative, so are the economic ones off the pitch. Per the report, €38.4m was paid to Flamengo and an additional €2.9m was paid in commission to agents. In other words, a deal worth over €40m.
Of course, the salary of the player has to be added into the equation. It’s no coincidence, therefore, that Boban and Maldini evaluated the hypothesis of selling Paqueta. Although Boban has been sacked, the intention of the club is still the same.
In order to avoid making a loss, the Rossoneri will have to sell the midfielder for at least €28m, which is his value on the balance sheet. Hopefully, they will be able to find a buyer in the summer.