Arsenal ‘push hard’ for Paqueta deal as Lyon star ‘is considering summer move’

ARSENAL are ‘pushing hard’ to sign Lyon’s Brazil midfielder Lucas Paqueta.

That’s the claim from Media Foot – despite the Gunners hovering ever closer to Leicester’s Youri Tielemans.


Lucas Paqueta is rated a prime target to fill Arsenal’s problem midfield spotCredit: Getty

Lyon are reportedly expecting to ‘soon receive an offer’ for 33-cap Paqueta.

The ex-AC Milan star, 24, is said to have rejected moves to several other clubs.

 And it’s understood Arsenal’s priority is to persuade Paqueta they are the right team for him – BEFORE they make a firm offer to his Ligue 1 side.

Emirates boss Mikel Arteta is prioritising at least one new top-class midfielder, plus a wideman.

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Belgium ace Tielemans remains Arteta’s dream target down the middle.

And out wide the ‘new Eden Hazard’ – Lille’s Edon Zhegrova – has emerged as a surprise option.

There were even reports on Thursday that the Gunners have bid for the Kosova hero.

The 23-year-old would certainly be a cheaper alternative to Raphina.

And in any case the Leeds winger is tipped to reject Arsenal and Chelsea for a £40,000-a-week pay rise at Barcelona.

Ivory Coast wideman Nicolas Pepe is one of seven players who could exit the Emirates.

Bernd Leno, Hector Bellerin, Lucas Torreira, Pablo Mari, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Reiss Nelson might also depart.