The awaited Manchester City move for Lucas Paqueta is currently halted, according to Kaveh Solhekol. The Sky Sports journalist reported on Friday that Lucas Paqueta was shocked by allegations of him betting on his own name. It is clear that the £80 million deal for the midfielder is unlikely to happen.
As a result, on his official Twitter account, Solhekol wrote, “Man City move for Lucas Paqueta is on hold because of concerns surrounding a FIFA / FA betting investigation.”
“The player is surprised and shocked. The investigation is believed to be about bets that were placed in Brazil, not by him. No bets on his bank statements.”
“£80m deal to City had almost been agreed and could still happen if this issue is cleared up quickly. In the meantime, Paqueta is focused and available to play for West Ham as usual.”
Lucas Paqueta suffers allegations:
Undoubtedly, the transfer window is one of the most happening periods in football, isn’t it? Nobody would have thought that Paqueta’s transfer to Etihad would be in jeopardy. However, until these allegations are in his name, there is no way Paqueta is moving to Man City this summer. The same thing happened with Declan Rice where we saw the treble-winners walk away from the deal. It doesn’t seem to affect his chances to be in the playing eleven against Chelsea.
Now it will be interesting to see how this situation will be resolved. Obviously, Manchester City will be looking for other options before the window shuts this year.