West Ham may be handed a financial lifeline as Lucas Paqueta may get a move away after all.

When the news broke last year about Lucas Paqueta alleged involvement in a betting scandal, everyone was left shocked, however everyone believed he would be cleared of all innocence. Shockingly though, a year later, the FA decided to charge the Brazilian and the case is said to proceed further.

Unfortunately for him, this has caused his move to Manchester City to be put on hold for a second Summer in a row and it could mean the deal never actually happens.

The Hammers had been planning their Summer budget around the £85 million they would get for the midfielder, but him being charged has meant that their plans have had to be completely rewritten.

All hope isn’t lost though as, according to a report from ESPN, Saudi Arabian clubs are showing interest in signing him. In particular, Cristiano Ronaldo’s side Al Nassr are weighing up a move.

Obviously, money isn’t an issue for the Saudi’s and there’s no doubt that they’d be able to match the £85 million release clause in Paqueta’s contract. They are extremely wary of a deal due to the potential breaches, but this hasn’t completely deterred them away from a move.

While it would be far from ideal, £85 million really doesn’t matter to them and it could mean they’re willing to take the risk. As much as he’s a quality player, the uncertainty isn’t good for anyone and it would definitely be in West Ham’s favour for Al Nassr to purchase him.

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