After having already spent 50.1 million euros (including bonuses) to recruit Bruno Guimaraes during the winter transfer window, Newcastle is still eyeing Olympique Lyonnais.
Since their acquisition by the Sovereign Wealth Fund of Saudi Arabia last October, the Magpies have completely changed in size. Their hearty winter transfer window (102 million euros spent) allowed the men of Eddie Howe, in bad shape in the first part of the season, to ensure their maintenance in the Premier League quite calmly. From now on, the new owners should continue their investments to achieve their European objectives. In this context, the Lyon attacking midfielder, Lucas Paqueta (24), has been identified as a potentially interesting reinforcement by the Newcastle manager.
“I have never ignored recommendations. But of course, I have to go through a process of observing and analyzing the player’s performance and profile, to make sure it suits the style we want the team to have. (…) I know Bruno’s relationship with Lucas Paqueta. It can help to have players who like each other. Sometimes it can be valuable in a team“Admitted Howe in a press conference, referring to the technical relationship between the two Brazilians.
Author of a thunderous first part of the season, Paqueta was announced in the sights of several European leaders, but had assured that he feels good at OL. The Gones have indeed allowed him to redo the icing after his failed stint at AC Milan and the Auriverde is under contract in the Rhône until June 2025. In view of his more sluggish second half of the year, the summer promises to be less hectic than expected for the South American, however. He has never hidden his desire to play a new European competition next season but, on this point, Gones and Magpies are not better off than each other… A few months before the 2022 World Cup, the native of Rio de Janeiro, who has managed to establish himself as a potential starter within the Brazilian selection, could well opt for stability.
When you think about it, not Séko Fofana, nor Benjamin Bourigeaud for the trophy for the best player, but Paqueta present when he has been on vacation since January. Incredible #UNFP Trophies
— Giovanni Castaldi (@Gio_Castaldi) May 8, 2022