Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly interested in signing Lyon midfielder Lucas Paqueta this summer and the Brazilian could prove to be a £100m talent in Antonio Conte’s side.
Various reports have linked Spurs with a move for the 24-year-old maestro, as Conte looks to add a more creative option in the middle of the park.
The Italian manager has added Yves Bissouma to his midfield ranks so far this summer but the Malian is unlikely to unlock too many defences, having registered just two Premier League assists in his four seasons at Brighton.
Paqueta, meanwhile, contributed nine goals and six assists in the French top-flight last season, averaging a superb 7.24 rating from WhoScored for his performances.
For context, only Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son would better that rating in the Premier League last season, which emphasises the quality that the Brazilian could add to Conte’s side.
According to FBref, the sixth-most similar player to Paqueta stylistically is RB Leipzig sensation Christopher Nkunku.
The Frenchman enjoyed a fantastic season for the Bundesliga side, contributing a remarkable 35 goals and 20 assists in all competitions, so it was no surprise to see him valued at £100m by the club as they tried to ward off any potential suitors this summer.
As per FBref, Paqueta and Nkunku recorded very similar stats in terms of shots per game (2.9 vs 2.64), pass completion (79.7 vs 80.1) and shot-creating actions per 90 (3.9 vs 4.43) over the last 365 days, so they are clearly both extremely creative players who can offer a lot in the final third.
Lyon manager Peter Bosz was full of praise for Paqueta last season, saying:
“Lucas played an amazing game, he was very strong with and without the ball. An extraordinary match, like the other players. Lucas was extraordinary, it must be said.”
Therefore, it is clear to see what Paqueta would offer Spurs and if he does sign this summer, then Conte could perhaps help him develop into a £100m talent similar to Nkunku.