Manchester City are likely to press ahead with their move for West Ham midfielder Lucas Paqueta it has been reported. With the news Kevin De Bruyne is likely out until the new year, the treble winners do need more creativity in midfield to fill the void.
Jack Gaughan of the Daily Mail has broken the news of City launching a fresh bid for the Brazilian international. After seeing their opening offer rebuffed, Gaughan’s report indicates that the champions are ready to test West Ham’s resolve with another bid.
— Mail Sport (@MailSport) August 15, 2023
Reports have previously indicated that City have identified Paqueta as a priority target. Fabrizio Romano broke the news that Paqueta, in addition to Jeremy Doku are the champions priority targets this window. He additionally reports that the European champions intend to return with another bid in the next 24/48 hours.
Manchester City are working on new bid for Lucas Paquetá within 24/48h… then will keep pushing for Jeremy Doku with Rennes as player’s keen on the move 🔵🇧🇪 #MCFC
Doku, top of City list as revealed since beginning of August. pic.twitter.com/kgeVw8q69v
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 16, 2023
After Kevin De Bruyne’s injury update, the need to secure Paqueta’s services has become a pressing one for Manchester City. The squad appears short of creativity in midfield with De Bruyne set for a long stint on the sidelines. The hope being City’s second bid for Paqueta will be accepted by West Ham.