Brazilian midfielder aims to fulfill dream of working with Pep Guardiola despite previous transfer setback
Lucas Paqueta of West Ham United wants to play for Manchester City in order to fulfill his goal of playing under Pep Guardiola’s leadership. The Cityzens had expressed an interest in the 26-year-old Brazilian star, especially when Declan Rice refused to make the trip. However, during the summer, a cloud of betting allegations hung over Paqueta’s possible move to the Etihad Stadium.
Despite the setback, rumors indicate that Paqueta is still open to working with Guardiola in the future and is looking for a chance. Manchester City had previously expressed strong interest in Paqueta, seeing him as an important midfield addition following the loss of Ilkay Gundogan. However, the betting investigation forced the Cityzens to let go of their initial interest and sign Matheus Nunes from Wolves.
With an £85 million release clause in Paqueta’s contract set to activate next summer, any team bidding for his services would need to pay this huge financial commitment. West Ham is set to turn down rivals, especially Newcastle United, since they recognize Paqueta’s importance in their current season plans.
Despite the fact that the winter transfer window is unlikely owing to West Ham’s ongoing campaigns, a summer move to Manchester City could be in line with Paqueta’s desire to work with Guardiola and fill a midfield vacuum at the Etihad. Paqueta’s performance this season, with one goal and one assist in eight Premier League games, shows his value as a leader for West Ham, who have been competing for a top-four berth in the league positions under David Moyes.
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