Flamengo trying to take advantage of West Ham’s situation

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Lucas Paqueta has been an extremely important player for West Ham United ever since his arrival two years ago. Hammers have Paqueta’s contract until the end of 2026/27 season. However the Brazilian international is facing six charges from FA regarding his involvement in betting. The Brazilian playmaker’s first club is trying to take advantage of this situation. Flamengo have been linked with a move for West Ham superstar and want to mark his return to Brazil.

Lucas Paqueta began his career at the Flamengo academy. After 9 years at the youth level, Paqueta began his senior career at the club in 2016. He spent three years at the brazilian club and made 95 appearances for them. Paqueta scored 18 goals along with providing 6 assists for Flamengo before moving to Italy. In October 2019, Flamengo and AC Milan made a deal for Paqueta. However the deal was made official in January 2019 and the fee was reported around €35 million. Paqueta made 44 appearances for Milan. However he was unable to achieve the good results as he only scored one goal and provided two assists in his one and half year spell. Eventually he was sold by Milan in 2020.

Paqueta joined Lyon in 2020 and in his two years spell he 80 appearances for the club. The Brazilian international was back to his best as he scored 21 goals and provided 13 assists for the French side. His performances caught the eyes of Premier League club West Ham United whom he joined in 2022.

Flamengo interested in West Ham’s playmaker

West Ham signed Lucas Paqueta in 2022 for a fee reported to be more than £50 million by BBC. Paqueta was offered a five year contract by the London club keeping him at the club until 2027. The Brazilian playmaker has made 84 appearances for Hammers and scored 13 goals along with providing 14 assists. Paqueta’s departure would have never even been considered by Hammers. However the current scenario is different.

Paqueta has been charged by FA regarding betting allegations. This could see the Brazilian international banned for a long duration of time. Flamengo are looking to take an advantage of this situation and have made a move for him. The Brazilian club want to sign Paqueta either on loan or on permanent transfer. Talks are being reported amongst the clubs involved. West Ham will try to earn some amount of money as they may lose Paqueta if he is found guilty. However, except the clubs involved Paqueta’s thoughts will also play a role before the final decision has been made.

What are Paqueta’s charges

Lucas Paqueta has been charged by FA who think that the Brazilian international intentionally tried to get booked in four matches. The Brazilian faces total six charges out of which four are for receiving yellow cards. The remaining two are due to failure to comply with FA investigation. However, Paqueta has denied all of the charges.

West Ham’s new manager Julen Lopetegui said that Paqueta and his family are suffering a lot. The Spaniard added that West Ham is his family in England and they will take good care of him. Lopetegui was happy when he saw Paqueta smiling and enjoying playing football im Brazil’s Copa America fixture.

Former Flamengo and current West Ham superstar had his say regarding this scenario. Paqueta said that he is extremely surprised and upset with FA because of charging him. In addition, the Brazilian international said that he has been very cooperate with FA’s investigation and provided all the information he can. Furthermore, Paqueta denied all the charges and said that he will fight until the end to clear his name. Currently the 26 year old playmaker is focused on Brazil’s quarter final fixture against Uruguay in Copa America.

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