West Ham’s key star has reportedly set his sights on a major transfer to Premier League rivals

West Ham United’s Lucas Paqueta has reportedly set his sights on a major transfer to Premier League champions Manchester City, and the Brazilian midfielder is said to have an £85 million release clause that becomes active in 2024, according to The Sun on Sunday.

As relays the Hammers News, David Moyes will undoubtedly be eager to retain the 26-year-old’s services at the London Stadium beyond the current season. It’s worth noting that Paqueta had reportedly agreed to join Manchester City in the summer before concerns arose over his potential breaches of betting rules.

Despite the transfer setback, Paqueta has remained focused on his duties with West Ham and has been in exceptional form. He is technically gifted, displays remarkable flair, and combines this with incredible skill. Furthermore, he does not shy away from defensive responsibilities and exhibits tenacity and aggression in physical battles.

Paqueta has become a linchpin for West Ham and, alongside Jarrod Bowen, has taken on the role of the club’s talisman following Declan Rice’s departure to Arsenal during the summer transfer window.

While losing the influential midfielder to Manchester City would be a significant blow for West Ham, it is encouraging for the Hammers that any potential transfer would demand a fee of no less than £85 million. This could mean a substantial profit for West Ham should they be compelled to part ways with Paqueta. As his future unfolds, many will be watching closely to see if the highly rated midfielder realizes his dream of joining Manchester City in the summer of 2024.