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Arsenal face a huge hurdle if they are to sign Lucas Paqueta from Lyon this summer with new owner John Textor determined to keep the Brazilian amid interest from the Gunners and Newcastle.

CBS Sports Ben Jacobs said: “Paqueta wants a fresh challenge – so that’s the positive.

“So there is a window of opportunity for any suitor if they choose to act. The challenge is going to be about agreeing a deal with Lyon.

“What complicates that challenge even more is that Jean-Michel Aulas may be saying that he’s willing to sell, but John Textor is the American incoming majority owner at Lyon who doesn’t yet have a say – but will soon. And he’s the one that has stated on record that Lyon are going to compete with PSG, which is a massive claim. So I don’t think Textor wants Paqueta to go.”

Edu has already played down Arsenal’s interest in Paqueta though…

“I really like Paqueta, I’m big fan since long time. But as of today, the reality is that there’s not even a conversation to sign him,” he told TNT Sports.

“There’s nothing as we’ve many players in that position, that’s it… can’t say more.”





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