Manchester City considered signing Lucas Paqueta before he joined West Ham United
Pep Guardiola’s side looked like they would have to sell Bernardo Silva this summer. The Portuguese midfielder was heavily linked with a move to sign for Barcelona, and it was reported that the player was keen too.
However, City reportedly demanded €100 million (£84m) to let Silva leave – a fee that Barcelona could only afford if Frenkie De Jong was sold to Manchester United.
Neither of those deals materialised, but Romano has revealed that if Silva had joined Barcelona, Paqueta would’ve been City’s main target to replace him.
Manchester City considered signing Lucas Paqueta before he joined West Ham
In episode 120 of the Here We Go podcast, Romano said about Paqueta: “The main option for Man City in case of Bernado deal with Barcelona was Lucas Paqueta.
“He was really appreciated by Pep Guardiola, really appreciated by the board. They had some discussions with the agents. Then it was never advanced because Man City are more than happy to keep Bernardo Silva.
“But Lucas Paqueta was a serious option.
“He was on Man City list, but then he joined West Ham when he knew with Man City it was 100 per cent over.”
Paqueta was linked with a whole host of clubs this summer.
The likes of Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United were linked with a move to sign him, while Romano has just claimed that Manchester City were keeping a close eye on him too.
When all of those clubs decided against making a bid, West Ham stepped in to sign the talented Brazilian, who has been branded as an ‘extraordinary’ player.
Arsenal, Spurs, Newcastle and Manchester City’s loss is West Ham’s gain now, and if Paqueta performs at his best level, he will surely make the Irons a really strong side.