Tottenham are enjoying a superb summer transfer window so far and may yet improve upon their four completed deals to date.
Fabio Paratici is wasting no time in adding to Antonio Conte’s squad and has snapped up Yves Bissouma, Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster, and Richarlison on permanent deals ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.
They are still in the market to add further depth to their ranks as they continue to be linked with players across the globe.
ESPN Brazil recently reported that Spurs are one of a number of clubs interested in signing Lyon attacking midfielder Lucas Paqueta.
It remains to be seen how much the Ligue 1 club are currently looking for, but previous reports suggest he could cost as much as £58m.
FBRef list Manchester City superstar Kevin De Bruyne as one of the most similar players to Paqueta in Europe’s top five leagues and this means that Paratici can land Antonio Conte his own version of the Belgian international by snapping the Brazilian up.
Like the Cityzens midfielder, the Lyon man is capable of providing attacking quality from the middle of the park and has proven that he can score and assist goals at the top level.
Conte is, therefore, not blessed with attacking quality in midfield and that is where Paqueta can come in to solve a key problem. In two Ligue 1 seasons in France, the Brazil international has produced an eye-catching 18 goals and 11 assists.
Talent scout Jacek Kulig dubbed him a “joy to watch” and Spurs fans would surely enjoy watching him play if he consistently scored and created goals in the top-flight in the years to come, like de Bruyne does for Manchester City – with 15 goals and eight assists in the Premier League last term.
Paqueta’s statistics for Lyon suggest that he has the quality to make a similar impact in the final third and that is why he can be Conte’s own version of the Belgian.
He can be the midfield talisman to make things happen in transition, which would also take pressure off the likes of Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane whilst also providing them with more chances to score.
At the age of 24, he also has the potential to be a midfield star for Spurs for many years to come and bringing him in would be an investment for the future, as well as a player for the here and now.