Manchester City’s pursuit of Lucas Paqueta has hit a roadblock due to an ongoing investigation related to betting activities. The Football Association (FA) and FIFA are examining this matter, raising concerns about the potential implications for the anticipated transfer.
The investigation centers around alleged bets that were placed in Brazil. While no official details have been disclosed, it is believed that the probe involves gambling activities linked to the player. Lucas Paqueta himself maintains that he has not engaged in any form of betting and expresses astonishment over the reports circulating about the investigation.
A substantial £80 million deal that would see Paqueta joining Manchester City is in the advanced stages of negotiation. However, the progress has been impeded by the unresolved betting investigation. The prospect of the transfer materializing hinges on the prompt resolution of the issue, with both clubs keen to proceed if the cloud of uncertainty can be dispelled.
In the interim, Lucas Paqueta remains committed to his current on-field responsibilities with West Ham. Amid the uncertainty surrounding the transfer, he is dedicated to contributing positively to his present team.
Both the Football Association and Manchester City have chosen not to offer comments on the situation at this time. In addition, Sky Sports News has reached out to FIFA seeking their perspective on the matter.