AC Milan have beaten Liverpool and Manchester United to the signature of Brazilian starlet Lucas Paqueta.
AC Milan beat Liverpool, Man United to Brazilian starlet Lucas Paqueta a £30million deal with Flamengo – the club Paqueta joined as a ten-year-old.
Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona had also been in the running for the 21-year-old midfield sensation, with Milan ultimately winning the race.
Paqueta has been on the books of Flamengo for 11 years and has earned two full Brazil caps in the process.
The midfielder will now join up with his San Siro team-mates in January subject to a medical.
While Milan have been something of a fading force in recent seasons, it’s thought the club’s sporting director Leonardo played a key role in beating Europe’s elite to a deal.
Paqueta kicked off his first-team career at Flamengo in 2016 and has quickly become one of the hottest prospects in the country.
The star has now scored 17 goals in just 88 games from midfield and earned his first international cap from boss Tite earlier this year.
He made his Brazil bow against USA in New York in August, before also featuring in the game against El Salvador.
Paqueta is already Flamengo’s top scorer this season with nine goals.