Newcastle United have only seen two new faces make their way to St. James’ Park during this current summer transfer window.
With some time left before the transfer window closes, this period could see the Magpies do what they haven’t done so far and add some strength and depth to their midfield or attack.
One figure that has been mentioned with a move to St. James’ Park that could arguably do both is Lucas Paqueta.
With 186 combined appearances for Flamengo, AC Milan and his current club, Olympique Lyon, to his name, the Brazilian has scored 34 goals and provided 21 assists along the way.
A move for the 24-year-old could see the Tyneside club secure what would be their own version of Manchester United midfielder, Bruno Fernandes, who is included on a list of similar players to Paqueta according to Football Transfers.
To compare the duo from their previous domestic campaigns, both midfielders managed to rack up 87 shots at goal as well as over 100 shot-creating actions, which highlights how dangerous they are in attacking situations and how similar they are in terms of what they offer their sides.
Hailed as an “extraordinary” player by his manager Peter Bosz, Paqueta also managed to make more successful tackles, successful pressures and blocks than the United star, showing that he can do the hard work off the ball as well as on it.
To further highlight his attacking talent, the Brazil international ended his previous Ligue 1 campaign with the second-highest average for dribbles per game (2.3) in Lyon’s squad, which would also be the second-highest in Newcastle’s squad for last season in the Premier League behind Allan Saint-Maximin (4.3).
Bearing in mind how the Lyon figure has reported price tag of £55.4m, it would certainly be a big move from the Toon to bring him to Tyneside this summer.
However, given the clear talent he has, this could be an investment worth making for PIF and show that they can really flex their financial muscles to help push Newcastle forward.
Moving forward, if an opportunity to sign the Brazilian arises before the end of the window, this would be a great way for Eddie Howe to add some extra strength and quality to his midfield ranks.