Paqueta is a tiny island in Rio de Janeiro's bay. It is so quaint that there are no cars on the island -- but one of its products has a career that is now moving at jet pace.
Lucas Tolentino Coelho de Lima is known as Lucas Paqueta, in honour of his birthplace. As recently as April of last year he was rarely even winning a place on the substitutes bench with Rio de Janeiro giant Flamengo. Soon afterwards, when the club was negotiating with Valencia for the services of goalkeeper Diego Alves, he was...
AC Milan have agreed a deal to sign Lucas Paqueta from Flamengo for €35 million, according to ESPN Brasil.
The Rossoneri have staved off competition from Paris Saint-Germain for the 21-year-old. Both sides offered the same amount but Milan's Brazilian sporting director Leonardo swung the deal in their favour, and Paqueta will join the Serie A side in January, providing he passes a medical.
As well as Milan and PSG, Barcelona had also been tracking the attacking midfielder.