Milan will demand at least €35m if they are to let Lucas Paqueta depart the club in January, with Paris Saint-Germain understood to maintain an interest in the Brazilian.
The 23-year-old has only been with the Rossoneri for a year, having arrived from Flamengo for a fee of around €35m part way through the 2018/2019 campaign. The midfielder has previously been dubbed the ‘new Kaka’ but he has largely failed to live up to these lofty expectations since signing for the Rossoneri.
Pacquetta made 17 appearances during his maiden season at the San Siro, registering just one goal and two assists as his side were narrowly beaten to a Champions League spot by city rivals Inter. The Brazilian has been in similarly underwhelming form this season, completing just one assist in 13 appearances.
PSG appears to be his most likely destination, a club that the Rossoneri ironically just beat for the player’s signature back in January 2019. Former Milan technical director, Leonardo was instrumental in this deal and the fact that he now holds a similar position with the Parisians increases the likelihood of the transfer being completed.
However, there does not appear to have been an acceptable bid tabled by the Ligue 1 leader as yet, despite reports last month that suggested that negotiations between the two clubs were underway. Milan are eager to recoup what they spent for the youngster and are therefore said to be happy to entertain offers between €35m and €40m.
Paqueta will likely not be the only player to depart the San Siro during the current transfer window. Left-back Ricardo Rodriguez, who has made just five appearances for Stefan Pioli’s side this season, looks poised to seal a move away from the club, with PSV Eindhoven already making an offer for the Swiss international.
Likewise, Hakan Calhanoglu is also a possible departee. The 25-year-old has been a regular fixture in the Milan team this campaign but interest for Premier League high-flyers Leicester could convince him to make a move to England.