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    Sunday, 9 December 2018

    Brazil’s Paqueta arrives at AC Milan ahead of transfer

    Brazilian midfielder Lucas Paqueta has arrived in Italy ahead of completing a record transfer move to AC Milan , Italian media reported on Sunday .

    “ I ’ m very happy to be here , I chose Milan because of their history , ” Paqueta told journalists at the airport .

    The Serie A giants are reported to have agreed a 35 million euro ( $ 40 . 4 million ) deal with Flamengo – the club Paqueta joined as a ten - year- old – in what would be the most expensive signing of a Brazilian by an Italian club.

    Paqueta scored 10 goals to help Flamengo finish second in the Brazilian championship which has just ended , and bid a tearful farewell after his last game at the Maracana Stadium .

    “ I will be eternally grateful to this club, ” said the 21 - year- old , who is hoping to follow in the footsteps of former Brazilian stars Kaka and Leonardo who made their names at AC Milan.

    Leonardo — now AC Milan ’ s sporting director — pushed through the move with Flamengo receiving 70 percent of the 35 million euros transfer fee and the remainder to be divided between the player and the Brazilian federation.

    Paqueta , who has two caps for Brazil and can play both midfield and as a forward , is reported to have agreed a five- year deal worth 1 . 5 million euro ( $ 1 . 7 million ) per season .

    He will be in the stands for Sunday evening’ s Serie A game against Torino in the San Siro and will undergo a medical early next week.
    Gennaro Gattuso ’ s Milan are fourth in Serie A and can pull within a point of third - placed city rivals Inter Milan with a win against Torino.

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