Chelsea, if reports are anything to go by, are said to be preparing a €45 million fee to sign Flamengo’s Lucas Paqueta, amid reported interest from likes of Liverpool, Manchester City, AC Milan and Serie A champions Juventus.
As reported by Os Donos da Bola, the Premier League giants are looking to step up their interest in the Brazilian midfielder, with several teams said to be keeping tabs on him.
Paqueta is said to have a huge €50 million release clause slapped in his current contract with the club, but his side are looking to increase this release clause as they bid to keep him at the club.
Paqueta is a product of Brazilian youth set up and can be deployed in the number 10 role on to play on the left-wing.
Chelsea’s move for the midfielder comes as a surprise in a week they have been linked with Russian midfielder Aleksandr Golovin and already have Jorginho at the club.
There’s seriousness in signing Paqueta remains to be seen and whether the reported €45 million really bears fruit. But no matter, the Brazilian would be a strong acquisition for their first-team squad or someone who is sent out on loan.
In other news, Chelsea are reportedly closing in on the signing of Juventus’ and Italian defender Daniele Rugani in a £44.2million ($57,506,944.00)deal that is likely to be announced before end of this week.