L’Equipe, a French publication, reports that Spurs will make another attempt to sign the Lyon midfielder after failing to do so in January.
Though Newcastle United were also interested in signing the Brazil international, it’s believed that the north Londoners had an offer for him rejected. Nevertheless, he spent the rest of the season playing in Ligue 1.
Manchester City, opponents in the Premier League, has also applied.
Last season, the Lilywhites defeated their rivals to finish fourth in the Premier League; they might deal them another significant blow by winning them again over pacqueta.
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Spurs shouldn’t go anywhere else when searching for a fresh creative talent than the £60 million-rated phenomenon.
Paqueta played in four different roles last season, appearing in 42 games and contributing 10 goals and seven assists. According to Transfermarkt, he was primarily used as a no. 10, although he also made appearances up front, as a no. 8, and on the right side.
In contrast to other midfielders in Europe, the Brazilian ranks in the top 1% for goals (0.3), shots (3.06), shots on target (1.07), and through balls (0.41) per 90, as well as the top 2% for predicted assists (0.25) and shot-creating actions (3.99) per 90.
Journalist Pete O’Rourke called Paqueta a potential “big deal” for Spurs, and dependable Newcastle podcaster Dave Harvey praised the midfielder as “sensational.”
The attitude in north London may change now that Spurs are among the front-runners to land his signing since Arteta would undoubtedly be furious if he falls to their bitter rivals once more.