Lyon president confirms club have received offers for wantaway star Lucas Paqueta amid speculation over a move to Premier League with Arsenal and Newcastle eyeing moves for the Brazilian playmaker
- Lyon chief confirms the club have received offers for playmaker Lucas Paqueta
- Lyon’s failure to secure European football could lead to the Brazilian’s departure
- Newcastle and Arsenal are interested in acquiring the 24-year-old this summer
- Lyon coach Peter Bosz admits to holding talks with Paqueta over his future plans
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has revealed that the club have received offers for wantaway playmaker Lucas Paqueta.
The Brazilian has been a revelation since moving to Ligue 1 from AC Milan in 2020 but speculation has mounted over his future following Lyon’s Underwhelming campaign where they finished eighth, missing out on European football.
Both Newcastle and Arsenal have been linked with a move for the 24-year-old but Aulas remained coy on which clubs had tabled an offer.
Lucas Paqueta is back in pre-season action for Lyon but his future at the club is far from certain
‘There are proposals for him,’ Aulas told reporters when questioned on the future of the Brazilian.
‘There are certain players who can feel complete in the project, and others who don’t.
‘Economically, we have the means to pursue our ideas and objectives.’
Arsenal have tracked the Brazil international for some time with Mikel Arteta thought to be looking to bring his creative qualities to the Emirates Stadium despite having Martin Odegaard, Emile Smith-Rowe and Fabio Vieira at his disposal.
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas admits the club has received offers for the Brazilian star
Newcastle are also long-standing suitors and have kept tabs on Paqueta since the January transfer window when they signed his former team-mate Bruno Guimaraes from the club.
Paqueta was spotted on Tyneside in May as he attended birthday celebrations of Guimaraes’ girlfriend, sparking speculation over a double raid on Lyon.
Newcastle would have no problem going toe-to-toe with the Gunners and have the financial muscle to eclipse any financial package the north London side could offer.
Should it come down to a straight shootout between the Premier League pair, the final decision will ultimately come down to what the player wants to do with Lyon head coach Peter Bosz revealing he has held talks with the star to see how he views his immediate future.
Paqueta is a regular in the Brazil squad and looks a shoe-in to head to the World Cup in Qatar
Bosz said: ‘I want to keep all the good players, but you also have to be realistic.
‘There is the player who is very important in the matter, the coach, the club, the other clubs. It is always a game between the different parties.
‘Lucas is a very important player, but it depends on what the player wants. I already had a conversation with him, but that will be between us.’
Paqueta has registered 21 goals and 13 assists in 77 appearances for Lyon across all competitions. His contract at the Groupama Stadium runs until 2025, therefore Lyon could command a hefty fee, should they decide to cash in.
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