Lucas Paqueta has already explained why Newcastle may have transfer advantage over Arsenal

Newcastle United have been linked with a move for Lucas Paqueta this summer, and there could be good news.

Lucas Paqueta has already explained why Newcastle United may have a chance in landing him this summer.

The Lyon star has been linked with the Magpies for some time, but speculation over the Brazilian’s future is now intensifying.

According to Lyon chief Jean-Michel Aulas, there have now been offers amid links with Newcastle and Arsenal.

“There are proposals for him,’” Aulas told reporters.

“There are certain players who can feel complete in the project, and others who don’t.

“Economically, we have the means to pursue our ideas and objectives.”

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If Newcastle are indeed one of those clubs, then talk of interest from Arsenal will be a concern, with the Gunners already in Europe.

Of course, there will be money factors amid the Magpies’ wealthy owners, but there is another factor that could see Newcastle gain an advantage.

The 24-year-old had a big decision to make in 2019 when big clubs came calling following impressive form at Flamengo.

AC Milan and Real Madrid were both said to have put offers on the table for the midfielder, but despite Los Blancos being the more obvious choice for an ambitious young player, he decided to join the Italians.

While the Milan move didn’t work out, the midfielder leaving after a year, he later explained: “Milan thought of everything and I believe that means a lot.

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“The career plan is very important in the life of a player leaving Brazil.”

Lucas Paqueta of Brazil in action during the international friendly match between Japan and Brazil at National Stadium on June 6, 2022 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Kenta Harada/Getty Images)

That’s an interesting perspective, and it’s one Newcastle take comfort from, given they will be seen as the less obvious choice compared to Arsenal.

And it’s particularly important given the ‘project’ Newcastle are working on, hoping to grow without doing it overnight.

Magpies boss Eddie Howe has previously said: “I don’t think we’re looking at that [title contenders] at this stage.

“We’re looking for progression and we’ll have to grow into that [expectation]. Improvement is the key word.”

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That longer plan of becoming a force over time might just suit Paqueta, who has already had the experience of taking a big step up with little success.