Bruno Guimaraes Lucas Paqueta
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Report: Arsenal could sign midfielder Thierry Henry has called 'one of the best' for less than £60m

Reported Arsenal target Lucas Paqueta has a £58million price tag, according to Chronicle Live.

The north-east outlet spoke of how the Gunners and Newcastle could now be the only suitors for the Lyon ace.

There’s scope for Arsenal to make several new signings in midfield come the end of the season.

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Mohamed Elneny’s contract ends in summer, while Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ future is uncertain too.

In addition, Roma are reportedly eyeing Granit Xhaka once again, though the player wants to stay at N5.

Paqueta would be a great shout for Arsenal.

He has clocked up 71 competitive appearances for Lyon, registering an impressive 19 goals and 12 assists.

Paqueta also has 31 caps and seven goals for Brazil.

The 24-year-old’s contract runs until 2025, so Lyon’s hand will be strong in negotiations.

Nonetheless, Chronicle Live says the French outfit has an “asking price” for Paqueta.

As well as costing £58million, the likes of Arsenal would apparently be looking at wages of £180,000-a-week.

Another positive comes in the shape of Paris Saint-Germain reportedly dropping out of the race.

‘With PSG now believed to feel the overall package is too much it could be down to a foot race for Paqueta between Newcastle and Arsenal,’ wrote Chronicle Live.

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However, Newcastle arguably have an advantage in that they’ve already signed Bruno Guimaraes from Lyon.

The Magpies midfielder is good friends with Paqueta and plays alongside him for the Selecao.

“He defends and attacks with a smile”

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry sung Paqueta’s praises in October last year, in conversation with Amazon Prime Video.

“It’s early but frankly what he’s doing… we talked about it after his match at the Parc des Princes,” Foot Radio quotes him as saying.

“Yes, I like dribbling and blind passes, but what I like is his desire, his activity, his selflessness, his commitment.

“In general, this is not the case with all Brazilians.

“A player who is fine is a little harder to replace or he is less at the service of the team when he does not have the ball.

“What impresses me with this player is that he does both with a smile. He defends and attacks with a smile.

“For me, that’s why we can already speak of one of the best players in the championship.”

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