Tuttosport: Both clubs keen as Milan could acquire ‘Portuguese Pogba’ in €45m swap deal

By Oliver Fisher -

The idea of a sensational swap deal with Benfica involving midfielders Lucas Paquetá for Luis Florentino is beginning to take shape, a report claims.

As Tuttosport are currently reporting (via MilanLive), Milan are ready to begin talks with the Lisbon-based club over a potential swap deal which would include the aforementioned duo.

There is some hope regarding the deal too, as the common denominator is that both players are currently happy and are admired by the other clubs respectively.

Benfica sporting director Rui Costa in particular admitted his admiration for Paqueta in a recent interview “I followed Paquetá in Brazil, he has great qualities and I would have liked to take him to Benfica. But I couldn’t do it because it had already become too expensive for a Portuguese club.”

The newspaper highlights that at the moment there is no real negotiation. Rather, clubs have only shown each other interest in their respective players, but they are waiting for better times to sit at a table and talk about it.

What will be decisive is the attitude of Benfica towards Florentino, who has a €100million release clause but has only collected 18 appearances over the past two seasons.

Benfica will have to lower their claims, perhaps reaching around the €20million highlighted by Transfermarkt and which today is more likely to correspond to the value of the ‘Portuguese Pogba’.

However, Paqueta is probably only worth around €20-25m too. A base, therefore, that could point to an almost equal exchange.

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