It has been around one and a half months since a big story broke in Brazil claiming Manchester City were moving to sign one of Brazilian football’s rising stars, the Flamengo attacking midfielder Lucas Paquetá.
It was said that City were willing to trigger the player’s £40million release clause to bypass negotiations with Paquetá’s club and see off rival interest from the likes of Real Madrid.
Like so many summer transfer stories, there was no follow up and the link seemed to die. Perhaps City had been scouting him, as they do so many prodigious young players, and someone went over the top with claims of an incoming bid.
Today though, Italian source TMW has again mentioned City’s name in association with the highly-rated Brazil under-20 international.
Their information is that Leonardo, the former Brazil international who has just returned to AC Milan as their sporting director, has made Paquetá one of his principle targets for the Italian club.
It may not be so easy though, with three Premier League giants ‘anticipated’ to rival Milan for Paquetá’s signature: Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool.
The English trio have the wealth to outbid Milan for the youngster, however Milan may be able to promise him a quicker pathway to the first team, with City, Chelsea and Liverpool sporting expensive, star-filled squads already, making it difficult for a newcomer just arriving from Brazil to break through.
Paquetá, who turns 21 in August, scored 4 goals and contributed 2 assists in 13 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A appearances this year and is yet another talent off the Brazilian football production line.
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