Callum Wilson has suggested that Lucas Paqueta would be desperate to make a move to Manchester City this summer.
The Citizens have been heavily linked with a transfer move for the West Ham United midfielder recently and have had a verbal offer of £70m turned down by the east London club.
Now though, one current Premier League player, has had his say on what the West Ham star will be thinking in regards to this transfer saga.
Wilson says Paqueta would be eager to join City
Speaking alongside West Ham striker Michail Antonio on a recent edition of The Footballer’s Football Podcast, Wilson had this to say about Paqueta and his links to City.
He said: “Oh wow. How much did you buy him? If you’re a businessman that’s not much profit, you’re probably wanting more.
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“But if I’m Paqueta and a £70m offer has come in, which is a good offer, you have brought me for £52m, you’re making £18m and I have the champions wanting to sign me. He’s obviously going to be wanting to go, no?”
Almost a year ago, West Ham secured a club record deal worth £51m for Paqueta, who has since gone on to make 42 appearances for the Hammers across all competitions, scoring five goals and delivering seven assists along the way.
Even though David Moyes’ side lifted the Europa Conference League at the end of last season, it’d be understandable why the 25-year-old would want to join City given how they won the treble in their previous campaign and how it would give him the chance to play and learn under Pep Guardiola.
In terms of securing a deal for the midfielder, it’s clear that the Manchester club will have to shell out a significant amount of money to sign him given how Moyes said that their initial offer of £70m was nowhere near the club’s valuation.
However, if the player is eager to join City, as Wilson suggested, this could force West Ham into selling him so they may avoid having a potentially unhappy player in their ranks, in addition to having extra money to spend elsewhere.