Lucas Paqueta – Laughable valuation for Newcastle United target
Lucas Paqueta is a player who has repeatedly been linked with Newcastle United this summer.
The fact that his best friend and former Lyon teammate (and current Brazil teammate) Bruno Guimaraes is already on Tyneside, has obviously helped fuel these rumours / links.
Now Mediafoot have reported that their information is that the Ligue 1 club will sell Lucas Paqueta if receiving an offer of around 40m euros (approx £34m).
Whilst many in the media have repeatedly said that an attacking midfielder is not a priority for Newcastle in this window, if indeed there was substance in this Mediafoot tale of Lyon willing to sell at around the £34m mark, then it would surely prove an irresistible proposition for Eddie Howe and the Newcastle United owners.
However…I think the idea that Newcastle United, or any other club, could get Lucas Paqueta for around £34m, is surely laughable.
Bruno Guimaraes cost Newcastle an eventual total of £41.65m, Lyon getting an initial guaranteed £35m and then a future £6.65m in add-ons, almost entirely depending on NUFC avoiding relegation.
Bruno has managed five goals in eleven starts at Newcastle United, which has been quite amazing considering he only managed three in 71 appearances at Lyon.
Lucas Paqueta on the other hand, in 64 starts (and 10 sub appearances) for Lyon in the league and in Europe, has scored 20 goals and got 12 assists, on average a direct goal contribution (scoring or assisting) in every other start.
The 24 year old attacking midfielder is actually a few months younger than Bruno Guimaraes but has already made 33 appearances (incl 21 starts) for Brazil and scored seven goals. In comparison, Bruno has only made eight appearances (incl two starts) for his country.
Lucas Paqueta has a far bigger profile than Bruno Guimaraes and has progressed further in his career, especially with Brazil, where he is a regular starter for his country. So the idea that Newcastle or whoever could get the Lyon player for less than Bruno cost, simply makes zero sense. Especially when you consider just how much money is being spent this summer by Premier League clubs in particular, every chance that this summer will break records for PL clubs’ spending in a summer window.
I have seen fans even copying in the likes of Jamie Reuben and Mehrdad Ghodoussi on Twitter, demanding to know why they haven’t bought Lucas Paqueta.
Well, even if his position wasn’t a top priority in this window, as I say above, I think they absolutely would have signed him already for the supposed £34m Lyon are claimed to be willing to accept. Joe Willock cost a reported £25m, so Lucas Paqueta an absolute no-brainer if the fantasy £34m price tag did apply.
Arriving from Brazil as a 21 year old in January 2019, AC Milan paid £30m to Flamengo for Lucas Paqueta. However, things didn’t work out so well in Italy and so in September 2020, the midfielder moved for £17m to Lyon.
Since then his form for both Lyon and Brazil has been excellent and there is also the added bonus that Lucas Paqueta, as well as his usual attacking midfielder role, can also play up front if needed, having made half a dozen starts there for Lyon this past season.
Lucas Paqueta still has three years left on his contract that ends in June 2025, so Lyon not under any great pressure on that front.
The ace in the pack hopefully of course is Bruno Guimaraes, if Newcastle did ever make a move, the fact he is best mates with Lucas Paqueta, having played together at Lyon and for Brazil.
Less than two months ago, Lucas Paqueta and his partner visited Tyneside in May to stay with Bruno G and his partner, the quartet looking very happy as they toured the sights of Tyneside and posted photos on social media…
If no other further signings happened this summer, if only this one did become reality then it could prove a massive transfer window of progress.
With Bruno G and Lucas Paqueta both 24 and Joelinton 25, you could / would have a midfield in place that may well help take this club on a seriously upward trajectory. A combination that perfectly complements each other in the midfield, as Lucas Paqueta is a far more attacking player, certainly based on before Bruno G arrived at Newcastle United.
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