It has been reported that Manchester City look set to enter into ‘crucial stages’ of the deal to sign Lucas Paqueta from West Ham United.

This comes from Fabrizio Romano, after it was claimed on Wednesday that the Brazilian knew himself that he was set to sign for the newly-crowned UEFA Super Cup winners this month.

Now, it seems like Manchester City are really cracking down on their interest to sign Lucas Paqueta.

Fabrizio Romano: Manchester City ‘set to enter crucial stages’ of Lucas Paqueta deal today

Branded as ‘incredible’ by now-Arsenal midfielder Declan Rice (via Evening Standard), the 25-year-old’s arrival has become a priority after Kevin De Bruyne’s long-term injury.

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Barring Phil Foden, the treble-winner lack a creative force in the middle of the park, also considering Ilkay Gundogan’s exit this summer.

Now, Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Manchester City are set to enter into the ‘crucial stages’ of the deal to sign Lucas Paqueta starting from Thursday.

Further details claim that the ‘new approach’ from Pep Guardiola’s men to sign the Hammers attacker.

Key to wrap up the Lucas Paqueta deal as swiftly as possible

As fixtures come thick and fast, Manchester City must do everything in their power to sign Lucas Paqueta as soon as possible.

For instance, the fact that it seems unlikely that the former Lyon technician will not be signed by the time they play Newcastle United this Saturday is a blow, considering how much of a challenge it will be to get the all-important three points against them.

With Arsenal determined to kickstart the season as boisterously as they did last season, the last thing City would perhaps hope for is to have too much of a gap to hunt down in De Bruyne’s absence.

Lucas Paqueta’s arrival would likely keep them in the race, assuming that he settles into Pep Guardiola’s system instantly.

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