CM: Milan prioritise signing of Man Utd linked starlet – Benfica demanding €45m package

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan have made Benfica starlet Florentino Luis their primary target to reinforce the midfield before the window shuts, a report claims.

We reported on Sunday that contacts are underway with Benfica for Florentino but that the Portuguese side, for now, are not open to a loan deal. Milan which would like to sign him on the basis of an 18-month loan with the right of redemption, we learned through our mercato correspondent Vito Angele.

Calciomercato.com’s Daniele Longo previously reported that Florentino has a €120m release clause, plus there is competition from Manchester United and Serie A rivals Roma.

And according to the latest from Calciomercato, Boban and Maldini are ready to make a concrete move for the 20-year-old having held talks.

Benfica and the entourage of the midfielder are awaiting an official offer, which should be an 18-month loan with an obligation to buy.

The Primeira Liga leaders want €5million for the loan and a €40million price inserting for the obligation to buy, while Milan are thinking of lower figures.

Maldini and Boban are aware that Florentino is not a first choice of coach Bruno Lage which could work in their favour, and talks on Monday could provide the turning point.

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