TMW: Benfica open to sale as Milan press for midfielder – what is needed to close the deal

By Oliver Fisher -

Benfica are completely open to allowing AC Milan target Florentino Luis to leave the club this summer, according to a report.

We revealed in January that contacts were held with the Portuguese side for Florentino, with Milan wanting to sign him on the basis of an 18-month loan with the right to buy, with a €40m bid placed that was deemed insufficient as the starlet has a €120m clause.

On Monday, reports from Portugal emerged claiming Milan and Benfica have an ‘agreement in principle’ over a summer deal, but that talks are on hold until the season is completed.

Tuttomercatoweb (via MilanLive) have confirmed that the Diavolo are interested in the player after their attempts in January and that in the upcoming window something could finally transpire.

That is because Benfica are now willing to accept letting the Portuguese starlet leave on loan with an option to buy (at a fixed amount). To close the deal however, Milan must sell – and the suspect is always the same: Lucas Paqueta.

In addition to the Italian clubs that have been credited with interest, Benfica are also keen on the Brazil international themselves, but it will be difficult as at the moment the deal looks too costly.


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