Manchester City is reportedly considering making another move to sign Lucas Paqueta from West Ham. The initial £80 million deal to bring the Brazilian international to Manchester City, agreed upon in August, fell through due to Paqueta’s involvement in an FA betting investigation. However, it now appears that Manchester City is more open to resolving the situation.
Despite the earlier setback, Manchester City purchased Matheus Nunes for £53 million from Wolves, a player who plays in a similar position to Paqueta.
The Portugal international has been facing challenges in securing playing time due to competition from players like Phil Foden, Bernardo Silva, Julian Alvarez, and Mateo Kovacic. With Kevin De Bruyne expected to return from injury by the end of January, there might not be an urgent need for Lucas Paqueta.
Nevertheless, it seems that both Pep Guardiola and Txiki Begiristain hold Paqueta in high regard. If the plan is to potentially transform Paqueta into a holding midfielder, especially with uncertainties surrounding Kalvin Phillips, a move for the West Ham No.10 might still be on the table.
Additionally, Tottenham and Newcastle are reportedly closely monitoring Kalvin Phillips, which could lead to a possible January transfer, potentially affecting Manchester City’s midfield options in the upcoming transfer window.