News emerged late last night that Newcastle have made an ambitious move to sign Lyon’s Bruno Guimaraes. The 24-year-old is a world-class midfielder who has been tracked by Arsenal and Juventus.
There are claims that Arsenal may reignite talks with the player, possibly to convince him to wait until the summer. Guimaraes himself has revealed that The Gunners did reach out to his representatives earlier in the month but have yet to open talks with Lyon.
Newcastle saw an opening and made their move offering £34m. The player will stand to quadruple his wages should he agree to the move and Lyon accept the offer. This seems the only ray of sunshine in an otherwise cloudy transfer sky.
The hunt for Diego Carlos and Jesse Lingard have come up empty-handed. Sevilla don’t want to sell their star defender midseason while Manchester United’s stance is murkier.
There seems to be little justification in keeping Lingard behind when he doesn’t fit into Ralf Rangnick’s plan. They have foregone a substantial loan fee to have a quality player rot on the bench. It’s reeks of animosity against either Newcastle or the player himself.
Newcastle need to soldier on and land other targets. Frustration is beginning to reach a climax at the club. Luke Edwards tweeted the following earlier this morning.
I think it’s almost pointless reporting anything until someone signs at the moment. I’ve spent a month trying to tell people what they want to do and who they are going for but now we just have see what unfolds. I don’t think any deal is dead as such, let’s wait and see
— Luke Edwards (@LukeEdwardsTele) January 26, 2022
It may be best to not get one’s hopes up over Guimaraes. That is going to be a very difficult transfer to pull off due to Newcastle’s poor league position. There should be an update on the player’s and Lyon’s stance soon.
One player that Newcastle could land is Dan Burn of Brighton. He reportedly has entered the conversation. The Mail and journalist Pete O’Rourke are claiming that the 29-year-old has been discussed.
The Blyth-born Burn spent time at Newcastle United as a youngster. He’s been a bit of a journeyman but landed in Brighton from Wigan in 2018 and has proven an adequate Premier League player who can also do a job on the left.