Manchester City are preparing to make a second bid for Brazilian international midfielder Lucas Paqueta from West Ham United.
The 25-year-old playmaker has reached an agreement on personal terms with the Cityzens according to Fabrizio Romano after deciding he wants to play Champions League football under head coach Pep Guardiola.
Understand Man City are preparing new bid for Lucas Paquetá — negotiations will advance with West Ham 🚨🔵🇧🇷 #MCFC
Paquetá has reached an agreement on personal terms with City and wants the move.
Opening £70m bid rejected but City will submit new one. pic.twitter.com/tDkMUxeQl4
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 14, 2023
Lucas Paqueta agrees to Man City switch
With Hammers boss David Moyes deciding to go into the market and complete the signings of midfielders Edson Alvarez from Ajax and Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse, there is a growing sense that Paqueta’s time at the London Stadium this summer is over.
It is reported that West Ham have set an asking fee of $108m for Paqueta after rejecting an opening offer of $88.8m for the Brazilian. Before his side’s 1-1 draw at Bournemouth in the Premier League opener, ex-Manchester United boss Moyes said, “We’ve had an offer from Manchester City, but at the moment it’s not anywhere near meeting our valuation. There’s a price on everybody’s head, but not anything to make our heads wobble.”
Interestingly, Paqueta’s favored number 11 jersey which he wore during his first season at West Ham, as well as for former club Flamengo and the Brazilian national team, is currently available to him at the Etihad Stadium following Ukrainian Oleksandr Zinchenko’s departure to Arsenal last summer.