Barcelona confident of signing Brazilian despite Milan agreeing €35m deal

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - OCTOBER 05: Lucas Paqueta #11 of Flamengo celebrates after scoring their first goal during the match against Corinthians for the Brasileirao Series A 2018 at Arena Corinthians Stadium on October 05, 2018 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Lucas Paqueta

Barcelona are confident of winning the race to sign Flamengo midfielder Lucas Paqueta, despite reports AC Milan have already agreed a €35m deal.

A report in Diario AS claims that Paqueta is one five South Americans currently being watched by the Catalan giants, along with Palmeiras defender Vitao, Boca Juniors duo Agustin Almendra and Leonardo Baleri plus River Plate’s Gonzalo Montiel.

Paqueta, however, is said to be in line to head to the San Siro, according to Globoesporte, although no such has actually been announced – sparking Barca into action to try and get their man, who has also been previously linked with both Manchester United and Liverpool.

The La Liga outfit has previous when it comes to beating Italian sides to Brazilians after Barca pipped Roma to a €41m deal for Malcom last summer, despite the Serie A giants announcing they already had a deal to sign the player.

Paqueta, 21, is one of two Brazilian stars wanted by Ermesto Valverde’s men, with Vitao also a major target while Balerdi, Montiel and Almendra all hail from Argentina.