“I’ve always loved” Lyon’s Lucas Paqueta as Arsenal’s transfer head said. However, when asked about a possible transfer for the 24-year-old offensive midfielder, Arsenal’s technical director remained mum.
Paqueta has been linked to Arsenal on numerous occasions recently. After contributing to seven goals and 10 assists for Lyon last season, it’s said that Newcastle is also interested in signing him.
Edu, 44, has worked with Paqueta on numerous occasions, most recently as Brazil’s national team coordinator. Edu, speaking to TNT Sports Brazil, said of the midfielder: “When discussing Lucas, I treat him with the utmost respect.
“I’ve always had a soft spot for him, dating back to my time with the Brazilian national team. His season was exceptional, and he has been voted the best foreign player in France’s top division.
The Gunners already have three players who can fill Paqueta’s shoes in Martin Odegaard, Fabio Vieira, and Emile Smith Rowe, according to Edu. This team is well-served in this regard thanks to players like him. But as he went on to say: “Today, there truly isn’t any kind of talk; there’s only my admiration for the guy.”
The Gunners have already brought in five players this summer, the most recent being Oleksandr Zinchenko, who cost £32 million from Manchester City.
And Mikel Arteta, Arsenal’s manager, has no intention of stopping there. According to the Spaniard, the club will remain active until the end of the transfer window in terms of both incomings and outgoings.
The Brazilian national team’s coach, Tite, chose him as one of twelve alternates for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Lucas was the youngest of the 35 players on the final 23-man roster and provisional roster.
Manager Tite summoned Paquetá up to the Brazilian national squad for the first time on August 17th, in preparation for September friendlies against the United States and El Salvador.
During a friendly encounter against the United States on September 7, he made his international debut, coming off the bench to replace Philippe Coutinho in the 71st minute of play. In a 1–1 friendly tie with Panama on March 23, 2019, he scored his first goal while donning Brazil’s legendary No. 10 shirt. His inclusion in Brazil’s 23-man squad for the 2019 Copa América was announced in May 2019.
As a half-time substitution against Chile in the 2021 Copa América quarterfinal, he scored in the 47th minute to earn Brazil a 1–0 victory. In the 2021 World Cup semi-final against Peru, he scored the lone goal again, this time with an assist from Neymar Junior.
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