ARSENAL are said to be facing competition from Paris Saint-Germain in the race to snatch Lucas Paqueta away from Lyon in the summer.
With Granit Xhaka understood as a target for Roma once again, Mikel Arteta is keen to strengthen his midfield should the Swiss star leave the Emirates.
The 29-year-old has been deployed in the No. 8 spot in recent weeks, where he has flourished.
But with his future in North London uncertain, Arteta will not hesitate to bring in a quick replacement, preferably with more mobility.
And according to Calciomercato, they are aiming to sign Brazilian international Lucas Paqueta.
The former AC Milan player, 24, has been successful with eight goals and five assists in 30 games in all competitions for France this term.
Paqueta – capable of playing in central midfield, No 10, centre-back or even as a winger – will be tied up at Lyon until 2025.
It’s not just the Gunners who are interested in the 2019 Copa America champion, with claims that PSG are targeting the player.
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Meanwhile, Newcastle can revive their interest given the Flamengo ex’s failure to bring him to St James’ Park in January.
It is reported that Paqueta turned down a salary of £180,000 a week to the Magpies as Toon was embroiled in a relegation battle at the time.
But with Eddie Howe’s side currently 14th in the table after going eight games unbeaten – aside from the club signing former Paqueta team-mate Bruno Guimaraes – they can be confident they have a chance. last chance to secure his service.
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