Newcastle United have been given fresh hope of signing Brazil and Lyon midfielder Lucas Paqueta this summer, according to journalist Dean Jones.
The Lowdown: Paqueta a key man for Lyon
The 24-year-old has been one of Lyon’s most important players in recent years, proving to be a creative hub of the team from his attacking midfield role.
Newcastle have been linked with a summer move for the Brazilian and they could yet sign him in the next few weeks.
The Latest: Newcastle given new boost
Speaking to Give Me Sport, Jones said that the Magpies are more interested in a move for Paqueta than first thought, with his friendship with Bruno Guimaraes potentially key:
“Definitely. You use anything you can to your advantage and that could help them. I mean, they’re hotter on this player than I initially thought they would be.”
The Verdict: Brilliant midfield option
Paqueta could be a hugely exciting signing by Newcastle, bringing quality and unpredictability to the midfield and further transforming that part of the pitch alongside Guimaraes.
The Lyon star is such a talent that he could easily get the nod for Brazil at the 2022 World Cup, providing the guile in the middle of the park alongside more defence-minded figures such as Casemiro, Fabinho and Fred.
Paqueta would certainly cost a huge amount of money, with his current Lyon current not running out until 2025, but he is only 24 and he could be a hero at St James’ Park for many years.
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