Lucas Paqueta Transfer

Lyon rejected a €40 million offer from West Ham United for Lucas Paqueta, but the club is reportedly trying to reach an agreement on a transaction worth more than €50 million, including bonuses.

After losing their first three Premier League games, the Hammers are desperate to improve the quality of David Moyes‘ squad despite already having made seven additions this summer.

Earlier this week, it was claimed by 90min that West Ham had made a bid for 24-year-old Paqueta, who has also been of interest to Arsenal and Newcastle, in the amount of €40 million. This was the price that West Ham believed Lyon to be asking for.

West Ham was surprised when Lyon declined their offer, but 90min has revealed that this is what actually happened.

While the Hammers’ first bid was turned down, it appears that a transaction for more than €50 million is now close to being agreed upon.

Lyon’s head of recruitment Bruno Cheyrou admitted that offers would be evaluated on a ‘case-by-case’ basis and that the club needed to reduce the size of their squad, thus sources close to the player told 90min that they are “confident” that a deal is approaching.

During his two years in Lyon, Paqueta has been an integral part of the team’s success, registering 33 caps for Brazil and scoring 15 goals, and assisting on another 32 goals in Ligue 1 during the 2020-21 season.

As West Ham’s only goals this season came in the first leg of their Europa Conference League play-off match against Viborg FF, his signing might give the club’s midfield some much-needed goalscoring ammunition.

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Career

On April 1st, 2016, Paquetá received his first call-up to the Brazil U20 national team for a pair of friendlies in Europe. In a 2-1 victory over England U20 on September 4, he scored his first professional goal.

His call-up came in October of 2016 for the Quadrangular de Seleçes, a round-robin friendly against the U20 teams of Ecuador, Uruguay, and Chile.

Upon turning 18, Paquetá was asked to join the Brazil U23 squad for preparations for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Younger players, such as Lucas, born in 1997 and 1998, were summoned by Coach Rogério Micale to begin group training in preparation for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

His first official call-up to the under-23 squad came in March of 2020. To represent Brazil at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, he was named one of the reserve squad’s twelve players by head coach Tite. Lucas was the youngest member of the combined squad of 23 provisional players.

Manager Tite summoned Paquetá up to the Brazilian national squad for the first time on August 17th, 2018, so that he may play in September’s friendly matches against the United States and El Salvador. At a friendly against the United States on September 7, he made his national team debut in the 71st minute after coming off the bench to replace Philippe Coutinho.

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On 23 March 2019, while donning Brazil’s legendary No. 10 shirt, he scored his first goal in a 1-1 friendly tie against Panama. A member of Brazil’s final 23-man roster for the 2019 Copa América, he was named in May 2019.

His goal in the 47th minute of Brazil’s 1-0 win over Chile in the Copa América quarterfinals on 2 July 2021 was the difference in the game. In the semi-final match against Peru on 6 July 2021, he assisted Neymar Junior on the game’s only goal.

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