A deal to bring Lucas Paqueta to Newcastle United feels unlikely at the moment.
The Brazilian has been heavily linked with a move to St James’ Park, mainly because of his friendship with Bruno Guimaraes.
Their bond was broken up in January when Bruno moved to Newcastle, and he hasn’t looked back. The midfielder has been exceptional since his move to the North East.
Speculation of Paqueta joining him at Newcastle went up a notch recently when the pair reunited on Tyneside. Then a report emerged claiming that the Lyon ace is one of Eddie Howe’s top targets. The Times also added that Newcastle are willing to break their transfer record to sign him.
However, no bid has been forthcoming at the moment according to Fabrizio Romano. And the Athletic’s Chris Waugh doesn’t expect to be reporting on Paqueta playing at SJP in the near future.
Lucas Paqueta to Newcastle is ‘highly unlikely’
On the latest episode of the Athletic’s Pod On The Tyne, Waugh was asked about the possibility of Newcastle signing Paqueta.
“The information at the minute is that it’s highly unlikely, at least in the short-term, that they’re going to go for Paqueta because they have other positions that they want to prioritise,” he said.
“Whether Paqueta would fit naturally into the system they play at the moment as well, I think there’s a few qualms about that.
“Certainly people in the recruitment department like him a lot, but for those who think there’s going to be a bromance between the Brazilians next season, I’m not entirely sure that’s likely.”
Newcastle’s priorities lie elsewhere
Paqueta would be an incredible signing for Newcastle. However, talk of the Brazilian heading to the North East feels more like fantasy right now.
Of course, the Bruno factor probably gives us a decent chance over other clubs, but the finances required are simply too much.
A £50million move to St James’ Park would make him the club’s record signing, but it would also eat up the majority of our transfer budget.
While his arrival would delight fans, it wouldn’t make much sense. Paqueta’s best position is as an attacking midfielder behind the striker, but Howe doesn’t use anyone in that role.
Signing him would potentially force the manager to change his system, which he may be reluctant to do given how well we did last season.
As Waugh says, Newcastle’s priorities lie elsewhere. Howe clearly wants a new centre-back, while more depth up top is essential. We also need more quality out wide, which is why someone like Moussa Diaby would be fantastic.
Paqueta fits the bill as a big time signing, but isn’t what we need right now. And that’s why it’s unlikely we’ll see him in a Newcastle shirt any time soon.