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Leo Duarte joins Istanbul Basaksehir on 18-month loan deal from AC Milan

Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir have the option to sign centre/back Leo Duarte permanently when his loan deal from AC Milan expires in June 2022.

Duarte joins Istanbul Basaksehir on 18-month loan deal from Milan

Leo Duarte has joined Istanbul Basaksehir on an initial 18-month loan deal from AC Milan. The Süper Lig side have the option to buy the 24-year-old permanently at the end of his loan deal on 30 June 2022. 

Centre-back Duarte joined Milan in August 2019 in a reported €11million deal from Flamengo.  He made six appearances for the club last season – all in Serie A – and has appeared only three times this season in all games across the Italian top flight and the Europa League.

A Milan statement read: "The club would like to thank Leo for his professionalism and wishes him the best for his personal and professional future."