Newcastle United is interested in signing Lyon playmaker Lucas Paqueta, and they are prepared to pay up to €50 million (£42 million) to do it before the transfer deadline.
The imminent £30 million transfer of Joao Pedro from Watford represents a significant step forward for the Magpies in their search for a new striker.
Joao Pedro joins midfielders Bruno Guimaraes and Joelinton at St. James’ Park, expanding Newcastle’s Brazilian presence.
However, Newcastle is still interested in acquiring Lyon playmaker Lucas Paqueta, so there may be another Brazilian on the way.
Newcastle United want Lucas Paqueta
The name Paqueta has been associated with Newcastle for some months, and those rumours just won’t go away.
Bruno Guimaraes, who departed Lyon for a transfer to Newcastle in January, and the playmaker are great friends.
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Indeed, Newcastle is once again mentioned in relation to Paqueta.
According to the French publication Foot Mercato, Newcastle is prepared to pay between €45 and €50 million (£38 to £42 million) to recruit Paqueta.
James Maddison is seen to be a doubtful target for Leicester this season, therefore the Lyon star is seen as a potential replacement.
The inquiry is whether Paqueta would really fancy joining Newcastle.
Indeed, the companionship with Guimaraes is colossal and Newcastle fans would likely carry out the so-called honorary pathway for him.
Paqueta could plausibly play in the Champions League however, and Newcastle have no European football at the present time – meaning he would need to get involved with the undertaking.
With Lyon possibly open to selling, there could be a colossal arrangement in the offing late into the window – and Newcastle might well take a shot at a bid for Paqueta.