Ben Jacobs Claims Arsenal May Be About To Lose Their Chance To Secure 55M Transfer

Ben Jacobs Claims Arsenal May Be About To Lose Their Chance To Secure 55M Transfer

Lyon may soon make Arsenal target Lucas Paqueta unavailable for transfer, according to CBS Sports journalist Ben Jacobs.

The Gunners have been heavily linked with a move for the €65m (£55m) rated Brazilian international but, even though the player is interested in moving teams, Jacobs believes Lyon’s new owner John Textor may soon end the midfielder’s hopes of leaving:

“Paqueta wants a fresh challenge – so that’s the positive. So there is a window of opportunity for any suitor if they choose to act. The challenge is going to be about agreeing a deal with Lyon. What complicates that challenge even more is that Jean-Michel Aulas may be saying that he’s willing to sell, but John Textor is the American incoming majority owner at Lyon who doesn’t yet have a say – but will soon. And he’s the one that has stated on record that Lyon are goo compete with PSG, which is a massive claim. So I don’t think Textor wants Paqueta to go.”

It should be pointed out that, while Arsenal are interested in Paqueta, they have never seriously considered putting in a formal bid for the player.

Technical director Edu has admitted he is a fan of the 24-year-old but he also emphasised that the Gunners already have players similar to him in the first-team squad. Paqueta’s interest in joining a Premier League club has, nonetheless, made him a tempting target.

From the looks of things, though, if Textor has his way, the Brazilian is not likely to be on the market for too much longer

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