This summer, the 24-year-old is being strongly connected to a transfer to the Premier League, and Newcastle supporters are hoping that Bruno Guimaraes will rejoin his closest buddy at St. James’ Park.
Paqueta is allegedly a target for Arsenal as well. According to reports from France, Mikel Arteta’s group is attempting to sign the Brazilian international. This summer, Paqueta is in high demand, but any transfer will be expensive.
Romano discusses the amount of money Lyon is requesting for Lucas Paqueta. After hearing that Arsenal was interested in Paqueta, transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano updated the situation.
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He said for Caught Offside, “Lyon frequently ends up selling their great players, but Paqueta won’t come cheap – his club will expect at least €60-65million with add-ons for the Brazilian.
That works out to between £50 million and £55 million, which would make him the most expensive player Newcastle has ever signed. He would rank among Arsenal’s most costly signings as a result.
Newcastle’s move still seems quite improbable
Newcastle and Paqueta were frequently mentioned at the beginning of the summer. Another Brazilian could be travelling to St James’ Park, it sounded like. It seemed like the ideal storm: His closest friend plays here, he saw the region, we were interested in January.
The Times even stated that Eddie Howe had his eye on him and that Newcastle would shatter their transfer record to obtain him.
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Although everything seems to be in place, Newcastle has other priorities. We require a striker and a winger instead of an offensive midfielder.
Spending more than £50 million on Paqueta would be really weird considering how difficult it is to fund deals for those two positions. Actually, the only reason that rumours of his joining the Magpies have returned is that Arsenal suddenly look interested.
Paqueta won’t be visiting St James’ Park as long as Newcastle needs a striker and a winger. However, if we can quickly acquire two new players, perhaps there will be renewed speculation of “Paqueta to Tyneside” before the transfer window shuts.