Newcastle and Arsenal given a boost as transfer target ‘wants to leave’ this summer

By Ben Brown

Published: June 9, 2022 12:37 p.m.

Last update: June 9, 2022 11:03 p.m.

Newcastle United and Arsenal have both received a transfer boost as it has emerged that Lyon midfielder Lucas Paqueta is on the transfer market this summer.

Both Premier League clubs have reportedly expressed interest in the midfielder, who can also play as a striker when needed, although it was the Magpies who were credited with the stronger interest following their capture from Bruno Guimaraes in January.

Now, the 24-year-old is on the market as one of six players Lyon want to sell this summer, French outlet L’Equipe report.

However, the price may prove a stumbling block, with Jean-Michel Aulas demanding around €60m (£51.3m) for his star man.

Whether or not he is ready to negotiate on such a price is unclear, although Lyon having no European football to look forward to next season could force Aulas’ hand more than usual.

Would Paqueta suit either club?

In theory, Lucas Paqueta could prove a brilliant addition to either side, but there are significant stumbling blocks. Mikel Arteta and Arsenal seem to favor players ready for the Premier League, with the likes of Youri Tielemans, Ruben Neves and Oleksandr Zinchenko all linked with the North London side, and all likely cheaper than Paqueta.

Newcastle, meanwhile, have already enjoyed success down this path with Bruno Guimaraes, but have other areas of their squad to strengthen first, with Sven Botman and Hugo Ekitike both looking likely to join the Magpies from Ligue 1 sides. .

It’s unclear whether they could afford to shell out another £50m on a position they are already sufficiently, if not heavily stacked in.

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