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.
Real Madrid's Brazilian teenager Vinicius Jr. is unlikely to return to Brazil in January, his agent said, despite swirling rumours in Spain that the 18-year-old might not get a first-team opportunity under new coach Julen Lopetegui.
Vinicius Jr. arrived in Madrid on a €45 million transfer from Flamengo during the summer and was sent to the reserves to get used to his new surroundings under coach Santiago Solari.
Flamengo's president is "outraged" with the Brazil national team's call-ups of local players for upcoming friendlies against the United States and El Salvador, telling reporters the Brazilian federation (CBF) "doesn't care about the clubs."
Tite on Friday announced his squad for the exhibition matches, including the likes of Flamengo midfielder Lucas Paqueta, Cruzeiro defender Dede and Corinthians right-back Fagner in the team despite the fact the trio will be forced to miss important games for...