Newcastle United could be boosted in their pursuit of Lyon star Lucas Paqueta as Bruno Guimaraes’ sensational start to life at St James’ Park could ‘encourage’ him to make a similar move, according to the reporter Pete O’Rourke.
The Magpies became the richest club in world football when the Saudi-based Public Investment Fund completed a £305m takeover last October so head coach Eddie Howe could spend the money when the transfer window reopens this summer.
What is the latest news about Paqueta?
According to ChronicleLive, Newcastle are considering whether to make a move for creative Lyon midfielder Paqueta and face competition from Premier League rivals Arsenal.
The report suggests the Ligue 1 side have set an asking price of £58million, while the 31-cap Brazil international is keen to secure a deal worth £180,000 a week after he saw Paris Saint-Germain drop out of the race for his signature. .
Agreeing such a lucrative salary package would see Paqueta land a significant pay rise as his current deal with Lyon, which has over three years to run, is worth £49,000 a week.
The 24-year-old has reportedly told Lyon chief Peter Bosz that he will decide whether he stays with the French giants at the end of the season.
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What did Pete O’Rourke say about Paqueta?
After shelling out £40m to sign Guimaraes from Lyon in January, O’Rourke believes Newcastle are in a good position to secure a deal for Paqueta.
The journalist told GIVEMESPORT: “Obviously that would make things easier given that Newcastle and Lyon have met quite recently.
“It also helps Paqueta, knowing that he has a fellow Brazilian and a former team-mate at St James’ Park. It will be something that could encourage him to take the step like Bruno Guimaraes did and that would certainly help him. to settle if he had to take the step.
“Paqueta is a top player who has done well for Lyon and that just shows the way Newcastle are looking to strive.
“Those are ambitious targets they have in the transfer market and I think Bruno also seems to fit in well at Newcastle. It’s certainly something that will encourage Paqueta to join him at St James’ Park.
Why could Guimaraes play a key role in the deal?
Paqueta and Guimaraes know each other well, having played side by side 47 times for Lyon and Brazil.
Guimaraes has adapted perfectly to the rigors of Premier League football, scoring four goals and one assist in 14 appearances since swapping Lyon for St James’ Park.
The 24-year-old’s performances have already seen him become a fan favorite and play a key role in guiding Newcastle into the Premier League’s first half, so Paqueta could look to follow in his former team-mate’s footsteps by heading to Tyneside. .