Fiorentina sporting director Daniele Prade has revealed that his side did have the opportunity to sign Lucas Paqueta in January.
Paqueta has been the centre of a storm recently having lost his spot in the starting XI with the switch to a 4-4-2 formation by head coach Stefano Pioli.
The former Flamengo man – who arrived a year ago in a €35m deal – asked not to be called up for the recent trip to Brescia after it was reported by numerous outlets that he was treated for stress and anxiety.
Despite rumours of interest from Paris Saint-Germain, it emerged late in the window through outlet TMW that Milan had in fact offered Fiorentina the chance to sign Paqueta until the end of the season.
Prade spoke to the microphones of Lady Radio about the situation and the opportunity La Viola had, and his words were transcribed by MilanLive.it.
“Paquetà represented an interesting opportunity, but it could only be done on loan and that is not part of our plans,” he said.
“We were clear, we didn’t want to take players for only six months and that’s why he didn’t come. In its place we therefore focused on Agudelo, a boy in whom we glimpsed incredible potential.”