Transfer Talk: Man City eye Lucas Paquetá as Silva replacement

We still have some time before the summer transfer window reopens in Europe, but there are plenty of moves in the works and gossip swirling around. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings, goings and, of course, done deals!

TOP STORY: Manchester City still want West Ham’s Paqueta

Manchester City remain interested in signing West Ham midfielder Lucas Paquetá, according to the Daily Mail.

The 26-year-old is reported to still be eyeing a move to the Citizens after coming close to joining them last summer before an investigation into alleged betting breaches by him was launched by the FA. Paquetá has since maintained impressive form for the Hammers, with his goal against Freiburg in the Europa League 5-0 win on Thursday night the seventh that he has contributed to in his last 10 games.

Manager Pep Guardiola is believed to see him as a long-term successor for Bernardo Silva, as uncertainty continues to linger around the Portugal international after he was previously linked with Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona, with City even “prepared to wait” for clarity over Paquetá’s situation.

It is said that a release clause in his contract allows him to be signed for a fee of £86million this summer.

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PAPER GOSSIP (by Adam Brown)

Internazionale are looking to move on striker Marko Arnautovic, reveals Calciomercato. The Nerazzurri are reported to not be convinced by the 34-year-old’s performances this season, and looking to welcome FC Porto striker Mehdi Taremi next season. It looks as though Arnautovic will be available for transfer this summer. He has scored just two goals in 21 league appearances this season.

– Scouts from multiple clubs are watching Bologna midfielder Lewis Ferguson, reports Gazzetta dello Sport. Juventus are reported to be one of the clubs keen on the 24-year-old Scotland international’s signature, with the Bianconeri seeing him as a potential alternative to Atalanta’s Teun Koopmeiners. Ferguson joined the Serie A club from Aberdeen in 2022, and has since enjoyed the most productive campaign of his professional career with six goals and three assists in 27 league matches.

Arsenal and Chelsea are tracking FC Nordsjaelland midfielder Mario Dorgeles, according to the Evening Standard. The two Premier League sides are believed to be two of the latest clubs interested in the 19-year-old, who is also on the radar of Newcastle as well as clubs in France. He has made 49 appearances so far for the Superliga team, but it is said that he is expected to move on this summer.

– Leeds United are willing to move on defender Max Wober in the summer, reports Football Insider. The 26-year-old, who arrived at Elland Road for a fee of £11million last year, is currently on loan at Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach, but the latest indicates that he isn’t currently in manager Daniel Farke’s plans ahead of a potential campaign in the Premier League next season. Leeds are currently second in the Championship table with nine games to play.

– Manchester City have won the race to sign Cardiff City winger Timeo Whisker, writes the Athletic. Several Premier League clubs are reported to have been looking to sign the 15-year-old, who now looks set to join the Citizens academy after a deal worth £250,000 was agreed. It is reported that he will now complete a medical before the move can become official.