Former AC Milan director Massimiliano Mirabelli has revealed his belief that the club paid too much to sign Lucas Paqueta from Flamengo.
Mirabelli was part of a then new-look Rossoneri leadership group which sanctioned the signings of players such as Andre Silva, Franck Kessie, Fabio Borini, Lucas Biglia and Nikola Kalinic.
Paqueta meanwhile is set to join the Rossoneri in January after Milan agreed a deal worth €35million plus bonuses with his current side Flamengo.
“He is a player with a good talent, but I would not have made a big investment in him,” Mirabelli told Sportitalia.
Mirabelli also made the startling claim that Cristiano Ronaldo would now be playing for the club if the current owners were in charge while the club were negotiating a deal with Jorge Mendes.
Instead, the Portugal star made €112million switch to reigning Serie A champions Juventus last July.
“It was something we talked about with Jorge Mendes.
“We knew there could be problems with Real [and Ronaldo]. We did everything, but then the Chinese owners blocked the deal because it was not sustainable.
“With the current owners CR7 would have been a Milan player.”