Arsenal technical director Edu has expressed his admiration for Lyon star Lucas Paqueta, but he denied there are any talks ongoing for a transfer.
The Brazil international has been linked with a move to the big-spending Gunners this summer, and Lyon have publicly admitted that offers have come in.
However, Edu suggested that a move is unlikely, given Arsenal’s line-up of attacking midfielders that already includes Martin Odegaard, Fabio Vieira and Emile Smith Rowe.
"I’m very respectful when I talk about Lucas. I’m a guy who likes him a lot, I’ve always liked him, since my time with Brazil’s national team,” Edu said (via Goal (opens in new tab)).
"He’s had a great season, he was considered the best [overseas] player in the French league.
“But today, there really isn’t any kind of talk, there’s only my admiration for the player, because the squad today is, in the position he plays, I think we’re very well served in this regard."
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas said earlier in July that “there are proposals” for Paqueta, who scored 10 goals in all competitions for the French club last season.
The 24-year-old has a deal until 2025 with the Ligue 1 side, and he’s said to have a price tag of around £68m.
Arsenal made their fifth signing of the summer last week when Oleksandr Zinchenko joined from Manchester City, following in the footsteps of Vieira, Matt Turner, Gabriel Jesus and Marquinhos.
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Alasdair Mackenzie is a freelance journalist based in Rome, and a FourFourTwo contributor since 2015. When not pulling on the FFT shirt, he can be found at Reuters, The Times and the i. An Italophile since growing up on a diet of Football Italia on Channel 4, he now counts himself among thousands of fans sharing a passion for Ross County and Lazio.