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Manchester City can unearth a £100m talent in Paqueta.

Manchester City have been linked with signing Lyon midfielder Lucas Paqueta in recent weeks and the Brazilian could prove to be Pep Guardiola’s next £100m talent at the Etihad.


According to recent reports, City are considering a move for the talented midfielder, who has been a key player for Lyon in recent seasons and could cost around £68 million.

Paqueta scored nine goals and assisted six times in 35 Ligue 1 appearances last season, earning an impressive 7.24 rating from WhoScored.


To put his performance in context, he would have been the joint-sixth best performer in Guardiola’s team last season, with only Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, and Gabriel Jesus contributing more goals.

Considering both Jesus and Sterling are now plying their trade elsewhere, there is definitely an argument to be had that Guardiola could use another goal-scoring midfielder or winger, even with the additions of Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez.

At only 24, the “extraordinary” – in the words of Peter Bosz – Paqueta could be a long-term successor to the likes of De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan, both of whom are now 31 and may struggle to maintain their current levels of performance for the foreseeable future.


According to FbRef, the most similar player to Paqueta in terms of play style is RB Leipzig sensation Christopher Nkunku, who has been valued at a staggering £100 million following a sensational season with the Bundesliga side in which he contributed 20 goals and 15 assists.

Last season, the two had extremely similar pass completion percentages (79.7 vs 80.1), shot-creating actions per 90 (3.9 vs 4.43), and shots on target per 90 (1.1 vs 1.29), demonstrating their potency in the final third.


Furthermore, WhoScored suggests that both Paqueta and Nkunku excel at through balls, passing, dribbling and key passes, which emphasises just how similar the players are. It also shows how much the former would suit City’s possession-based style of play.

From a goal-scoring and creative point of view, both players are extremely dangerous in the final third, and if Guardiola could get his hands on the Brazil international, he could well craft him into a £100m talent, just like Nkunku.

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