Manchester City submit £70m bid to sign West Ham midfielder

Manchester City submit £70m bid to sign West Ham midfielder Lucas Paqueta. Manchester City have submitted a £70 million bid to West Ham for Lucas Paqueta, according to reports in Brazil.

Pep Guardiola has lost two crucial players this summer in Ilkay Gundogan and Riyad Mahrez, and despite signing Mateo Kovacic from Chelsea, City is still looking for more attacking alternatives.

Paqueta, meanwhile, shone in his first season at West Ham after joining from Lyon for £51 million a year ago.

City have now presented a £70 million deal for the Brazilian midfielder, according to GloboEsporte, but West Ham are poised to reject the offer and want a larger cost.

According to the article, Guardiola was interested in signing Paqueta as a potential successor for Bernardo Silva last summer, but the Portugal international ended up staying at City.

Silva remains one of Barcelona’s top transfer targets this summer but he is now considering a new contract offer from City, who are desperate to keep him.

In an interview with Betway Brasil last week, Paqueta named the Etihad Stadium as his favourite ground to play at in his first season in the Premier League.

And when asked which players impressed him, Paqueta replied: ‘Bernardo Silva and [Kevin] De Bruyne.

‘By the way they see and understand the game. The intelligence in the passes, knowing when to speed up the game and hold on longer. Ease of finding passes. I think I identify with them.’


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