Where there’s smoke, there is fire. Paris Saint-Germain continues to be connected with AC Milan’s Lucas Paquetá for weeks and even though a bargain not being announced yet, the sheer number of accounts leads you to believe the fascination with PSG sporting director Leonardo is factual. Merely to catch you in the event you’re unfamiliar with the situation. Leonardo was the sporting director at AC Milan prior to linking PSG last summer and while he had been in Italy, he signed Paquetá for $35 million from Flamengo based on Diario AS. Live up to his price tag and the 22-year-old has yet to impress and Leonardo believes things will be different in Paris.
But, Leonardo is not prepared to pay Milan anywhere near the amount he paid to deliver Paquetá there 12 months ago. The bargain seemed to be in a standstill with Milan wanting to recoup as much of the $35 million as possible but over the weekend, Sky Italia reporter Luca Marchetti, per MilanNews.it, indicated that Leonardo is still very much interested in his compatriot and will probably create a January move for him. That is not all, however.
In addition to Paquetá, Leonardo wants to bring Milan captain Alessio Romagnoli into the French capital and is willing to splash the cash to the tune of $80 million according to a report by Corriere dello Sport, through CalcioMercato.com.Milan sits at 12th place in Serie A and also their players could be looking to jump ship. That sum of money would surely assist the club fiscally as UEFA Champions League soccer is unlikely now. A deal of this magnitude would be hard to pull off in January but Leonardo’s familiarity with a deal could be aided in by Milan. Definitely keep your eye out for this.