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Lucas Paqueta could become Man City’s top choice to replace Bernardo Silva if the playmaker joins Barcelona. Lyon playmaker is keen on leaving the Ligue 1 giants and stays open to joining the PL champions ahead of other suitors like Arsenal and Newcastle United.

The summer transfer window is a month away from closure, and there could still be a few twists store. Although Man City have made a few high-profile additions, including Erling Haaland and Kalvin Phillips, there is still plenty left in their tank.

The Spanish manager is keen on bringing in Marc Cucurella as a replacement for Zinchenko while keeping tabs on several attackers. However, Man City might be forced into considering signing a new playmaker if things go against their wishes between now and the end of the window.

Since Pep Guardiola’s arrival at the club, Man City have been open to letting unsettled footballers leave. Their ideals have resonated with the departures of Zinchenko, Sterling, and Gabriel Jesus this summer, while they also allowed Ferran Torres to join Barcelona last winter.

However, Arsenal and Newcastle have delayed making a firm offer after initially baulking at Lyon’s high asking price. But Lyon have reportedly slashed their asking price and could demand a reasonable fee of €40m to part ways with Lucas. But Lyon have reportedly slashed their asking price and could demand a reasonable fee of €40m to part ways with Paqueta.