West Ham United is expected to start a Mohamed Kudus scout in preparation for the possibility of Lucas Paqueta transfer.
Transfer market expert Fabricio Romano said on his social media on the 14th (hereinafter Korean time)토토사이트, “West Ham has started talks to sign Kudus. Kudus will be the first target if Paqueta leaves for Manchester City. Already a player The side expressed a positive intention to West Ham. The transfer depends on the situation of Paqueta.”
West Ham won the European Football Federation (UEFA) Europa Conference League (UECL) last season. The English Premier League (EPL) performance was disappointing, but he had a meaningful season by lifting the championship cup. However, this summer, Declan Rice, a key player in the team, left and predicted a big change.
Recently, Paqueta has also been attracting interest from other teams. Paqueta is a 25-year-old attacking midfielder from Brazil. He went through Flamengo (Brazil), AC Milan (Italy) and Olympique Lyonnais (France) and now plays for West Ham. Paqueta had a tremendous presence during his Lyon days. He appeared in 35 French Ligue 1 games in the 2021-22 season, scoring 9 goals and 6 assists.
Thanks to this, he transferred to West Ham. At the time, the transfer fee was 42.95 million euros (approximately 61.9 billion won). In addition, Paqueta played 28 English EPL games last season, scoring 4 goals and 3 assists, and contributed 1 goal and 4 assists in 11 UECL games to West Ham’s championship victory.
Paqueta is currently under contract with West Ham until the summer of 2027. He has a lot of time left on his contract at West Ham, but he has no reason to accept the transfer. In particular, there are risks in sending players away when the season has already started.
The British ‘Manchester Evening News’ said on the 11th, “Currently, Man City’s top priority is Paqueta. Manchester City sent an initial offer of 80 million euros (approximately 115.9 billion won), but West Ham rejected it. We offered 100 million euros (approximately 144.8 billion won), but this was also rejected.”
However, if Manchester City offers a larger amount, he may accept the transfer and bring in a replacement. The recently mentioned player is Kudus. Kudus joined Ajax in the summer of 2020. In his debut season, he settled smoothly, scoring 4 goals and 3 assists in 17 appearances in the Dutch Eredivisie.
Kudus stood out at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. In particular, he scored multiple goals in the second leg of the group stage against South Korea. As a result, teams were interested in Kudus, and there were transfer rumors such as Manchester United. Kudus’s strength is its multi-player ability, which allows it to play in the center and flanks of the second line, as well as in the forefront.