Manchester City seeks fee reduction for Lucas Paqueta transfer following release clause dispute

In negotiations with West Ham, Manchester City is reluctant to pay the £85 million release clause for Brazilian player Lucas Paqueta.

Man City Try To Push Paqueta Price Down
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According to Foot Mercato, West Ham is insisting that any potential buyers of Brazilian player Paqueta must activate his £85 million ($105m) release clause if they intend to acquire him this summer. However, Manchester City is reluctant to match this fee and is currently in discussions with West Ham’s management to negotiate a lower price.

Last summer, Pep Guardiola’s team tried to secure Paqueta’s signature, but the deal collapsed due to concerns about potential sanctions against the 26-year-old for violating betting regulations. It’s been rumoured that City and Paqueta have already agreed on personal terms.

Paqueta, who moved to West Ham from Lyon in 2022, is under contract with the club until 2027. He has been a pivotal player for David Moyes’ squad, scoring eight goals and providing seven assists in 38 appearances this season.

However, the Brazilian midfielder will be sidelined for West Ham’s Europa League quarter-final clash against Bayer Leverkusen on Thursday due to a suspension resulting from accumulating too many yellow cards in the competition.

Lucas Paquetá

Lucas Tolentino Coelho de Lima

Forwarder, Midfielder


Age: 27

180 cm

72 kg

Season 2023/2024
Played 31 7 Missed
Minutes 2639 85.1 Avg
Goals 3 0.1 Avg
Assist 7 0.2 Avg
Attempt 69 2.2 Avg
Passes 1360 43.975.5% AvgSucc
Yellow 11 0.4 Avg
Red 0 0.0 Avg

This season he played in total 9 times for 703 minutes for Europa League.

Lucas Paquetá scored 4 goals for West Ham United. He procured no assists. He received 3 yellow cards and no red cards.

His team is currently 8th in Europa League. In the last match West Ham United lost 2-0 against Fulham.

West Ham United performance and stats

West Ham United

Manager: David Moyes
Rank 9th
Win 14
Draw 10
Loss 13
Goals 59-71
Diff -12
Rank 1st
Win 5
Draw 0
Loss 1
Goals 10-4
Diff 6

West Ham United is currently 1st in the Europa League with 15 points.

In the last 9 games, it has won 6 times and lost 3 times. In its last match, West Ham United lost 2-0 against Bayer 04 Leverkusen.​​

It has a positive goal difference after scoring 10 goals and conceding 4.​

West Ham United will play the next match in Europa League against Bayer 04 Leverkusen on Thursday 18th of April in London. The prediction is Bayer 04 Leverkusen winning the match.​

Manchester City performance and stats

Manchester City

Manager: Josep Guardiola
Rank 1st
Win 27
Draw 7
Loss 3
Goals 93-33
Diff 60

Manchester City is currently 1st in the Champions League with 18 points.

In the last 9 games, it has won 8 times and drawn once. In its last match, Manchester City drawn 3-3 against Real Madrid.​​

It has a positive goal difference after scoring 18 goals and conceding 7.​

Manchester City will play the next match in Champions League against Real Madrid on Wednesday 17th of April in Manchester. The prediction is Manchester City winning the match.​