‘Shock’ Man City replacement on verge of joining De Bruyne as FA and FIFA ‘investigate betting allegations’

Lucas Paqueta is facing betting allegations.

“West Ham United’s Paqueta is being investigated by the Football Association (FA) for a potential breach of betting rules,” the British public broadcaster reported on April 19 (KST). He has been linked with a move to Manchester City. On Friday, Paqueta was left out of Brazil’s roster for the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in North and Central America to resolve the matter,” the report said.메이저놀이터

“The investigation, which also reportedly involves FIFA, is believed to be based on betting in Brazil on Paqueta’s yellow card. Brazil’s interim coach Fernando Diniz said he had removed Paqueta from the squad ahead of the games against Bolivia and Peru.”

“Man City’s move for Paqueta has been put on hold over concerns about betting investigations by the FA and FIFA. The investigation centers on Paqueta’s betting in Brazil, where he has been known to receive warnings during matches. He was cautioned nine times between club and national team last season. He denies he ever bet and says he is shocked.”

“Paqueta’s £80 million move to Man City is close to being agreed and could go through if the issues are resolved. The deal has been put on hold but is not dead. Paqueta is training as usual ahead of the Chelsea game.”

Photo: Getty Images

Photo: Getty Images

Paqueta came into his own at Lyon after stints at Flamengo and AC Milan. After joining Lyon in 2020, he quickly made the leap to the core of the team and went on to excel. He has the versatility to play down the flanks or up top, depending on the situation.

His next stop was West Ham. No adaptation was needed. Paqueta proved his sharp toes all over the West Ham midfield. In the Europa Conference League (UECL), he contributed five attacking points (one goal and four assists) in 11 games, helping the Hammers to a miraculous title.

Then Paqueta was linked to City. He has been touted as a replacement for Kevin De Bruyne, who is out for up to four months with a hamstring injury. “Pep Guardiola fears he could be without De Bruyne until the New Year,” said The Guardian. He is interested in West Ham’s Paqueta to fill the gap and has said he will ‘wait and see’.”

“It’s easy to see why Guardiola would be attracted to Paqueta – he’s incredibly versatile and can play in a number of positions,” said global outlet Goal.com. Negotiations quickly progressed with a buyout clause that was said to be triggered next summer. But shocking betting allegations put the deal on hold. If the FA and FIFA investigations prove him guilty, a move to City could be off the table.

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