MN: Paqueta swap off the table but Milan retain interest in €45m-rated Benfica talent

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan have not given up on their pursuit of Benfica midfielder Florentino Luis, a report claims, but a swap involving Lucas Paqueta now seems tough.

According to MilanNews, Milan made several attempts in January to sign Florentino on a two-year loan with an option to buy, an offer deemed unacceptable by the Lisbon club.

The discussion now is still complicated. The player is still admired by Milan, but the idea of a swap deal involving Paquetà does not seem feasible because the Rossoneri midfielder – according to the Portuguese club – has too high a salary.

Milan want to build a project based around promising young players ready to wear the shirt right away, and that extends to the midfield department where – from a technical point of view – Florentino is a muscular midfielder with physical strength and speed, ideal traits.

Both Paqueta and Florentino are in difficult situations in their respective clubs, as the Brazilian midfielder has not played much due to tactical issues, while the Portuguese ended up on the bench after entering into conflict with Benfica.

The exchange does not seem to interest Benfica, who are asking for €45m for 20-year-old as he has a release clause of €120m.

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