After suggestions of progress on multiple fronts yesterday, today has been an altogether different story. There have been multiple reports claiming that Newcastle’s long pursuit of Sevilla’s Diego Carlos has come to an unceremonious end.
Sevilla will not budge from their high valuation of the 28-year-old forcing Newcastle to scramble for alternative targets. Sky Sports is reporting that Carlos has rejected Sevilla’s conciliatory offer of a new contract. It appears the player is not pleased with being denied this move.
Newcastle have money to spend and there are reports of parallel moves for Liverpool’s Nat Phillips and Sassuolo’s left-back Rogerio, an alternative to Robin Gosens. Newcastle are seeking an initial loan for Phillips while Rogerio would command around £15m.
That leaves more money for other areas. Sport Witness is citing a claim from France’s L’Equipe that Newcastle have made an initial approach for Lyon defensive midfielder Bruno Guimaraes. The 24-year-old is currently away on international duty with Brazil.
Guimaraes joined Lyon from Brazil’s Athletico in the winter window of 2020 for around £15m. This report claims Newcastle have made an offer of £34m and would quadruple the midfielder’s wages.
Sport Witness also cited a report from Brazil’s Globo Esporto that Lyon have accepted the offer and it is down to the player to agree to the move.
There could be nothing in these claims though Eddie Howe appears to covet an additional midfielder. It was reported yesterday the club have increased efforts to sign Aaron Ramsey from Juventus.
With money not being dished out on the likes of Sven Botman or Diego Carlos, maybe an ambitious move to add to the midfield has now been given the green light.
Interestingly, Guimaraes’s representatives are Bertolucci Sports, who pushed extremely hard to win a move to Newcastle for Diego Carlos. They have refused to comment on the latest link to one of their clients
Guimaraes has been strongly linked with Arsenal in this window. He said the following about The Gunners’ interest in him a few weeks ago:
“Arsenal approached my agent, but there was no offer. My aim, and I made it clear to Juninho, is to win a title with Lyon.
“The fans have not had one for a long time. We have the Coupe de France, the Europa League, and the league.
“It is difficult with the level that PSG are at, but anything can happen.
“My aim is to win a title here, but I have never hidden my desire to play in the Premier League.”