Tottenham Hotspur have held talks with the agents of Lucas Paqueta over a potential move this summer…
The Brazil international is set to return to Lyon for pre-season training with talks yet to advance further and whilst he remains under contract until June 2025, the Ligue 1 outfit failed to secure a place in Europe, so a move to a sider in the Champions League – like at Spurs – could be appealing.
Paqueta is currently valued at £60m by CIES Football Observatory, who assess the transfer value of professional footballers on a scientific basis.
A backup striker has been found, depth in midfield has been added and soon, the Italian will finally have a right wing-back and left-footed centre-back he is happy with.
That leaves the squad perhaps lacking a no.10 or a central creative talent.
The Lilywhites had been linked with a sensational return for Christian Eriksen, who is out of contract following his short stint at Brentford, but he is set to join fellow Premier League rivals Manchester United instead, meaning no reunion for Conte or the Spurs faithful either.
However, if sporting director Fabio Paratici wanted to help forget about this blow, then he ought to follow up their talks with Paqueta’s representatives with a bid because he can certainly add some creativity to Spurs.
FBref liken his style to a Kevin De Bruyne or Paulo Dybala and it’s easy to see why.
When compared to his midfield peers across Europe in the last year, the Lyon star ranks inside the top 1% for goals (0.3), shots (3.06), shots on target (1.07) and through balls (0.41) per 90, as well as the top 2% for expected assists (0.25) and shot-creating actions (3.99) per 90.
This makes him appear to be an absolutely lethal threat in the final third as he is clearly capable of driving the ball forward to either provide or contribute himself.
Such form and talent has seen his manager Peter Bosz laud the 5 foot 11 maestro as “amazing” and “extraordinary.”
On the above evidence, Paqueta would surely be a welcome signing in N17 and one that could soften the blow over Eriksen.