Arsenal and Newcastle midfielder target has asking price slashed

Lyon are claimed to have lowered their asking price for midfielder Lucas Paqueta to £33 Million, someone who Arsenal have been strongly linked with this summer.

The Gunners are yet to add a central midfielder to their ranks this summer, unless you count new left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko as a new rival to the likes of Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey in the middle, but we remain strongly linked with targets.

While Youri Tielemans is a name that keeps popping up, we were believed to be keen on Paqueta earlier in the window also, supposedly being quoted in excess of £60 Million to sign him, but reports now claim that he is available for as little as £33 Million, 90min reports.

Paqueta could be an exciting addition to the Premier League albeit with us or Newcastle, and for £33 Million he wouldn’t represent as much of a risk as previously considered.

I can’t help but hold a preference for Youri Tielemans however, who I have been in awe of for some time, and someone who I think would quickly nail down a first-team spot in our team. Something I’m not certain of for a number of our other targets.

Patrick

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9 Comments

  1. So, Patrick, you think Tielemans will quickly nail down a first team spot.

    But whose spot would he take?

    Will he replace Partey, Xhaka or Odegaard, or be like Viera, and take a first team bench warmer spot?

    He is not that quick. He often fails to track back. He is NOT going to intimidate the opposition with his tackling.

    So what makes you so in awe of him?

    If we are in that market though, I would much rather we went for James Maddison!!!

    But he is probably more expensive, so if we buy, it will undoubtedly be the cheaper option.

    Given a choice though I would MUCH RATHER buy a top class DM,

    But hey what do I know

    1. Vieira is not a bench warmer, yet that is, as he has only just joined in training, having been carrying an injury. Anyway, I personally was hoping for Onana but he has now signed for Everton.

    2. @Jw
      Spot on. Tielemans was on fire when he played for Anderlecht. Was half decent at Monaco. And faded as soon as he hit the EPL…IJS

    3. I completely agree with you.i also believe that with the midfielders we already have,a DM would solve our problems.

  2. It was reported a couple of weeks ago that he’s not interested in us (CL football issue iirc).

    From what I saw it was only second-hand “reports” (nothing on video where he actually says that), just journos writing stuff to fill column inches.

  3. People jump up and down with excitement whenever a journalist links us with a decent player – transfermarkt has him down as an AM… how many of those do we need?

    We have Ode and we just spent £34m on Vieira. At that price I expect him to play.

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