Arsenal could wait for the January transfer window before offering Lyon playmaker Lucas Paqueta, according to a Belgian journalist Sacha Tavolieri.
Paqueta arrived in Lyon in 2020, signing a contract with AC Milan worth around 20 million euros. Since then, he has stood out for Les Gones, registering 18 goals and 11 assists in Ligue 1.
During this time, he became a key figure in the Brazil national team. He scored the winning goals in the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the 2021 Copa America and started the final against Argentina. The 24-year-old is expected to take part in the upcoming World Cup in Qatar.
Arsenal are known admirers of the attacking midfielder, having previously been linked with a swoop. However, the Belgian journalist Sacha Tavolieri claims they can wait for winter before moving.
The Gunners are already pretty well covered in this area of the pitch. Martin Odegaard is Mikel Arteta’s preferred option in the ‘number ten’ role, while Emile Smith Rowe and summer signing Fabio Vieira are also capable of playing there.
As a result, they may prefer to suspend their pursuit of Paqueta and give priority to other targets. A deeper central midfielder would be next on the wish list, with Youri Tielemans and Moses Caicedo both linked.
Despite this, several supporters are reluctant to delay their transfer to Paqueta. Should he impress at the World Cup, Lyon’s asking price will undoubtedly increase.
Moreover, another club could look to face the former AC Milan player this summer. 90 Minutes report that Newcastle United are one of the teams looking to bring him in, with his price tag estimated at £33m. His compatriot and former Lyon team-mate Bruno Guimaraes is seen as important for any potential deal.