Ligue 1 Ace Rejects ‘Astronomical Salary’ Offer To Join Newcastle United
Newcastle United have hit a snag in their January transfer window business, with Lucas Paquetá reportedly turning down a move to St James' Park.
Footmercato reports that the Brazil international turned down an 'astronomical salary' offer from Newcastle, who were willing to pay the midfielder an astonishing €850,000 per month, which works out at more than €10m per year.
But Paquetá does not appear to be motivated by the huge financial incentive of a move to Tyneside, and is happy at Lyon.
He would reportedly only consider a move to a higher-profile club than Lyon in Europe, which seems to rule out the Magpies.
Paquetá has been in fine form for 'Les Gones' this season, after scoring seven goals and registering four assists in 21 appearances across all competitions.
Newcastle have been linked with numerous players since their controversial takeover by a Saudi-led PIF back in October.
The club is expected to splash the cash in January in a bid to move out of the bottom three, after collecting just 10 points from 17 games so far.
They sit 19th in the table and have the daunting prospect of a visit from the reigning champions, Manchester City, on Sunday.
As for Lyon, they are next due to face Metz in Ligue 1 on Wednesday night, and currently sit 13th in the table with 25 points from 17 games.
Their most recent match away at Paris FC in the French Cup was suspended at half-time on Friday, due to crowd trouble.