Manchester City have been linked with a move for West Ham United attacking midfielder Lucas Paqueta.
City have made two new signings so far this window in Mateo Kovacic and Josko Gvardiol.
City fans feel one or two more could be coming in, with Riyad Mahrez having left the club after Ilkay Gundogan.
Pep Guardiola recently suggested that City were not done in the transfer market after the signing of Gvaridol.
And it looks as though City might have some interest in Paqueta, who has been at the London Stadium since the summer of 2022.
Brazilian Paqueta has impressed for the Hammers.
And now, a big claim about him and City has come from Italy.
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Man City ready to offer £70 million for West Ham star Lucas Paqueta
Tuttomercatoweb reported last night that City were ready to offer £70 million for Paqueta.
And GE Globo go one further, saying City have actually made that offer.
The Brazilian outlet say the London club have not yet responded to the offer.
But they are expected to decline and ask for a higher fee.
It is noted by the publication that City actually had interest in Paqueta last year while he was still at Lyon.
Paqueta would be amazing for Man City
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Paqueta has looked great at West Ham since joining them last year.
The South American is a brilliant, technical player, and someone former City transfer target Declan Rice was a really big fan of.
Rice said of the 25-year-old last season (via Evening Standard): “He’s incredible, honestly, he’s absolutely incredible. It’s obviously taken him a while to settle into the Premier League and into the training ground, moving his family over.
“I think now you’re seeing the real Lucas. Some of the stuff he does, even in training, it’s just mind-boggling how good he is.”
City signing Paqueta would surely see Bernardo Silva – who appears likely to stay at the club – become the main option at right wing.
It has been felt that City would either move for an attacking midfield (to allow Bernardo play out wide) or a right winger following Mahrez’s exit.