Manchester City have stepped up their interest in West Ham United midfielder Lucas Paqueta.
According to Fabrizio Romano, City have already opened talks with the Hammers over a potential move, but the treble winners have fallen short in their valuation of the Brazilian.
City set to increase bid for Lucas Paqueta
The latest reports have claimed that City have put forward a deal worth $78 million, but that falls short of the valuation set by the Hammers.
Pep Guardiola is reportedly a huge admirer of the midfielder, and he has been among the key targets throughout the summer.
It is believed that Paqueta is keen on the move to the Etihad after spending 12 months at the London Stadium.
The Brazilian was a standout performer for the club last term, as the Hammers ended their long wait for a major trophy with success in the Europa Conference League.