Paqueta Pushes for Resolution in Betting Investigation to Secure $90M Man City Move

Lucas Paqueta

Lucas Paqueta’s representatives are pressing for a swift resolution to the ongoing investigation into alleged gambling violations to revive his $90 million transfer to Manchester City this summer, as reported by The Times of London.

Manchester City had initially agreed in principle to sign the Brazilian midfield playmaker from West Ham in August 2023. However, the deal was halted due to a Football Association (FA) probe into potential betting breaches involving Paqueta.

The investigation is said to focus on suspicious betting patterns in Brazil related to yellow cards issued to Paqueta. Despite these concerns, Manchester City remains interested in completing the transfer if Paqueta is exonerated.

Details of the Betting Allegations

The FA’s investigation zeroes in on a yellow card Paqueta received for a late challenge on Aston Villa’s John McGinn on March 12, 2023. Sportsbooks flagged a high volume of bets on Paqueta being booked in that match.

Some of these bets were placed with Betway, West Ham’s jersey sponsor, which does not accept wagers from Brazil. While Paqueta himself is not accused of placing bets, individuals close to him are under scrutiny. Paqueta has denied any wrongdoing or involvement.

Implications for West Ham

West Ham’s board is keen for a swift resolution as the uncertainty impacts their summer transfer plans. The proceeds from the potential sale would significantly enhance their budget and influence their transfer strategy.

A prolonged investigation could leave West Ham struggling to find a replacement if the matter is resolved late in the transfer window. The FA has declined to comment on the status of the investigation.

Paqueta has been interviewed multiple times and has given investigators access to his phone. Such investigations are rare in elite soccer due to the high salaries, which usually reduce the financial incentive for betting misconduct.

If found guilty, Paqueta could face a lifetime ban from soccer.

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