Newcastle and Arsenal handed boost as transfer target 'wants to leave' this summer

Newcastle United and Arsenal have both been handed a transfer boost as it has emerged that Lyon midfielder Lucas Paqueta is on the transfer market this summer.

Both Premier League clubs have reportedly shown interest in the midfielder, who can also play as a striker when needed, though it is the Magpies who have been credited with a stronger interest following their capture of Bruno Guimaraes in January.

Now, the 24-year-old is on the market as one of six players that Lyon are keen to sell this summer, French outlet L'Equipe report.

However, the price-tag may prove something of a stumbling block, with Jean-Michel Aulas reportedly demanding around 60m euros (£51.3m) for his star man.

Whether or not he is willing to negotiate on such a price is unclear, though Lyon not having European football to look forward to next season may force Aulas' hand more than usual.

Would Paqueta fit either club?

In theory, Lucas Paqueta could prove a brilliant addition to either side, but there are significant stumbling blocks. Mikel Arteta and Arsenal seem to be favouring Premier League ready players, with the likes of Youri Tielemans, Ruben Neves, and Oleksandr Zinchenko all linked with the north London side, and all likely cheaper than Paqueta.

Newcastle, meanwhile, have already experienced success down this route before with Bruno Guimaraes, but have other areas of their squad to strengthen first, with Sven Botman and Hugo Ekitike both looking likely to join the Magpies from Ligue 1 sides.

Whether they could afford to shell out a further £50m on a position in which they are already adequately, if not strongly stacked in, is unclear.

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Ben Browning

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