By Sam McGuire Football Whispers
AC Milan have raided Brazil yet again to capture one of the most highly-rated youngsters in world soccer. The Serie A side have announced the signing of Lucas Paquetá from Flamengo for a reported $40million fee, and they may finally have their heir to Kaka’s throne.
The 21-year-old Brazilian international was rumoured to be a Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and Liverpool transfer target but opted to make the move to the San Siro, a decision no doubt influenced by the fact he’d be playing for a team his hero turned out for.
“Kaka’s my idol,” Paqueta told Football-Italia.
“He had a brilliant career and it’s clear that I’d like to follow in his footsteps, but I also want to tell my own story at Milan.”
The midfield maestro made his international debut for Brazil in September in America, appearing against USMNT and El Salvador. The 21-year-old impressed Tite, who heaped praise on the playmaker afterwards.
“Lucas thinks about football in the same way as Neymar and [Philippe] Coutinho,”
“When we played against El Salvador he had a series of exchanges with Neymar, practically without having seen him before and without playing together. They linked up with their eyes closed.”
Paqueta will be officially presented as a Milan player on January 7 when the team return from their mid-season break. To coincide with his arrival, the club plan to launch a new website and an official Twitter account in Portuguese. A press conference is planned for January 8 and will be streamed live on Milan TV.