Flamengo seeking new Paqueta deal amid European interest
RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- Flamengo are seeking to extend the contract of highly rated midfielder Lucas Paqueta but will be forced to sell him if a European rival triggers his 50 million-euro release clause, a club official said on Thursday.
Paqueta has been linked to Barcelona, Manchester City, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain after a breakthrough 2018 season in which he has made 41 appearances for Flamengo, scoring eight goals and providing five assists.
The 21-year-old was rewarded for his impressive form by earning his first call-up to Brazil's national side, impressing as a substitute in the team's friendly victories over the United States and El Salvador in the past week.
"We are trying [to extend his contract]," Flamengo football director Ricardo Lomba told the club's Ser Flamengo blog.
"Our intention is to keep him. But convincing a player that he shouldn't go to Europe is difficult nowadays. He is still with us and there haven't been any offers. But there is a buyout fee. If the player wants to leave and the interested club pays the fee, there is nothing that Flamengo can do."[ Editor: WPY ]