Tuttosport: Talk of €60m swap deal ramps up as Benfica get ready to pounce for Paqueta

By Oliver Fisher -

Benfica remain interested in the idea of signing midfielder Lucas Paqueta from AC Milan which could set up an interesting swap deal, it is claimed.

Milan’s midfield looks set undergo a revolution during the next transfer window with several players seemingly under threat. Lucas Biglia and Giacomo Bonaventura are on expiring deals while Franck Kessie could leave for the right price, but Paqueta seems to be the most puzzling dilemma.

A €35m investment was made to sign him from Flamengo in January 2019 but after a rough few months with Milan there has been speculation that his time at San Siro could already be up.

As Tuttosport reports, Benfica are still interested in the Brazil international and therefore are ready to step up to the plate if Paquetà and Milan agree that a separation is best.

The challenge then is to convince the 22-year-old, who would perhaps prefer a major league. It is possible that Florentino Luis – a defensive midfielder who Milan have appreciated for some time – could join the deal as an equal counterpart, with both players reportedly valued at €30m.

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