Three days ago, Foot Mercato reported Newcastle United have proposed an ‘astronomical salary’ to Lucas Paquetá, but the Lyon player has turned it down.

Le10 Sport now have a report, where they not only back claims made by Foot Mercato, but also provide more information on the efforts made by the Magpies to sign the midfielder.

It’s claimed the Tyneside club have ‘gone out of their way to win over’ both the 24-year-old and the Ligue 1 side. Their attempt went ‘in vain’.

Eddie Howe’s side made a first offer of around €40m for the Brazilian. The English club, as per the website, were ‘clearly in a position’ to raise the offer, if Lyon had decided to demand more.

It never came to this point because of the former AC Milan man’s refusal, that saw Peter Bosz’s side ‘reject the offer’ made by Newcastle.

Le10 further add the ‘proposal was daunting’ for both parties. The French side would collect at least €40m, while Paquetá could have earned a net salary of €10m per year.

The South American currently earns €390,000 per month and had an opportunity to increase his wages by 2.5 times by agreeing to Newcastle’s offer. Paquetá, however, ‘preferred to stay in Lyon’ as he is happy with his situation with the Ligue 1 side.