Paqueta’s performances on the pitch had caught the attention of Premier League champions Manchester City, who sought to secure the Brazilian international with a £70 million offer to the London club.
City’s interest intensified following Kevin De Bruyne’s unfortunate injury that will rule him out for around four months.
However, hopes of this high-profile move were shattered as discussions between the clubs abruptly collapsed. There were rumours of undisclosed complications.
The spotlight has now shifted to an off-field investigation, with the 25-year-old playmaker facing scrutiny by the FA over allegations of involvement in football betting.
While the specifics of the alleged breaches remain under wraps, the air hangs heavy with anticipation as West Ham anxiously await the outcome of the investigation.
They will be dreading the possibility of the FA charging their prized asset.
Paqueta dazzled in West Ham’s season opener against Bournemouth, which ended in a 1-1 draw.
However, he was substituted in injury time after receiving a yellow card for handling the ball from Alphonse Areola’s goal-kick.
The looming question now pertains to Paqueta’s participation in West Ham’s upcoming clash against Chelsea on Sunday.
A record-breaking £51 million acquisition from Lyon just last summer, the Brazilian played an instrumental role in West Ham winning the Europa Conference League.
The former AC Milan star assisted Jarrod Bowen’s eleventh-hour winner in Prague to cap off an excellent debut campaign.
With Friday morning’s headlines revealing that negotiations between West Ham and Manchester City had reached an impasse, many people thought the stumbling block was the Hammers’ hefty demand of over £85 million.
It appears the real reason behind the impasse is the betting investigation which could have dire consequences for the player.
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