There are now multiple domestic outlets reporting that Newcastle have formally bid in the region of £34m for Lyon’s deep-lying playmaker Bruno Guimaraes. Foreign reports that the bid has been accepted appear to be wide of the mark at this time.
The Athletic and The Mail have published promising reports that the bid has been launched with Guimaraes keen on the move. Though we have been in this exact same position far too often this window to get his name put on the back of a shirt just yet.
Alas, in a window of toil, there is more disappointing news emerging. It appears that the loan offer for Jesse Lingard is very close to becoming a lost cause. Manchester United are asking for a substantially higher loan fee than Newcastle are willing to pay.
This rather depressing update comes from The Athletic’s David Ornstein as well as Sky Sports’ Pete Graves.
— Pete Graves (@PeteGravesTV) January 25, 2022
Like a repeating newsreel, the player wants the move but the club has set the asking price at an exorbitant amount. Newcastle were reportedly offering £6m to bring the 29-year-old in on loan for the season’s final stretch.
Lingard wants the move for footballing reasons. He has featured little under interim manager Ralf Rangnick since The German’s arrival. In Ornstein’s report, he states that Rangnick gave his blessing only for the Red Devil hierarchy to ask for the inflated loan fee.
Newcastle may now shift their focus to Tottenham’s Dele Alli. The Mail is reporting that Newcastle lead the chase for the 25-year-old midfielder with Brighton, Burnley, and Everton keeping tabs on the situation.