The £100 million Man


Manchester City are reportedly reigniting their interest in West Ham’s Brazilian playmaker Lucas Paqueta, according to German outlet SportBILD. Pep Guardiola is said to be targeting Paqueta as a key addition for the 2024-2025 season.

City previously attempted to sign Paqueta last summer, but the deal collapsed due to an unresolved betting investigation surrounding the player. Despite this past hurdle, Paqueta has reportedly cooperated fully with the probe, paving the way for a renewed push from City.

Last summer, reports suggested Paqueta had an £85 million release clause in his contract. However, SportBILD claims the actual figure could be closer to £100 million. This hefty price tag reflects Paqueta’s ongoing value to West Ham.

Guardiola is known for his summer spending sprees, targeting a marquee signing each window. This time, Paqueta appears to be the coveted player. He would join a star-studded midfield alongside De Bruyne, Foden, Grealish, and Silva.

West Ham recently cashed in on Declan Rice for a similar £100 million fee, and they’re likely to demand top dollar for Paqueta as well. With his impressive performances this season, including 8 goals and 7 assists in 36 games, Paqueta remains a crucial cog in the Hammers’ attack.

Paqueta’s recent international call-up and strong performance for Brazil against England further solidify his reputation. With Guardiola’s renewed interest, the transfer saga surrounding Paqueta is set to take centre stage this summer

I think there is very little we can do about it, he is not likely to stay but at least we will reap the benefits of his enormous transfer fee

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  • Mr Buddy Lurve says:

    If he leaves, he does so with my thanks and best wishes.

    We’re nearing silly season again. Before the season actually ends is really the ‘silly’ season, because nothing tangible is known or done. it’s all total guess work and typically unfounded.

    So, for now, I couldn’t care less about chatter. I hope that nothing changes until the manager’s position is resolved anyway.

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