Lucas Paqueta is set to join Manchester City.
Reporter Santi Auna of France’s ‘Foot Mercato’ said on the 10th (Korean time), “Man City has offered 81 million euros (approximately 117 billion won) for the signing of Paqueta from West Ham United. West Ham is more transfer fee. “I want a deal and negotiations are underway. Unless the situation reverses, there is a good chance that Paqueta will go to Man City. This is an opportunity for Paqueta, who has been out of Lyon for less than a year.메이저사이트“
Paqueta was called the second kaka in his childhood. With the talent that Flamengo produced, I came to AC Milan with a lot of expectations. He was sluggish at AC Milan. His presence was so small that the nickname of the second Kakara was colorless. He looked at various positions, including attacking midfielder, but did not play. Paqueta, who fell short of expectations, joined Lyon in 2020.
In his Lyon, he showed off his skills to the fullest. He impressed with nine goals and six assists in 30 French Ligue 1 games in the 2020-21 season. In the 2021-22 season, he recorded 9 goals and 6 assists in 35 games. He also scored 2 goals and 1 assist in the European Football Federation (UEFA) Europa League (UEL). He has emerged as the best midfielder in Ligue 1 by accumulating attack points well and showing great performances in terms of game content.
His share price rose as he emerged as a key player in the Brazilian national team. Several teams showed interest, but the destination was West Ham. West Ham paid €42.95 million for Paqueta in 2022. After Sebastien Haller, he was West Ham’s second-most transfer fee. Paqueta, who joined with a large transfer fee, did not perform as well as expected. The sharpness shown in Lyon and the Brazilian national team did not come during the game.
He did not receive a failing grade as he contributed to West Ham’s retention and UEFA Europa Conference League (UECL) victory. His last season records are 28 EPL appearances, 4 goals and 3 assists, and 11 UECL appearances, 1 goal and 4 assists. The coming season, West Ham fans expected Paqueta to perform better, but Manchester City showed interest.
Manchester City planned to add more strength to the midfield by adding Paqueta, who can move between the second line and the center. Manchester City signed Matteo Kovacic and Yosuko Gvardiol in the transfer window this summer. They paid 29.1 million euros (about 42 billion won) for Kovacic and invested 90 million euros (about 130 billion won) in Gbardiol, the highest transfer fee for a defender in history.
Reporter Fabricio Romano, a transfer market expert, said, “Man City have put Paqueta on their wish list. West Ham wants to keep it, but Man City are actively working on it. Manager Pep Guardiola is a fan of Paqueta.” Paqueta has four years left on his contract with West Ham.