Newcastle are still working on multiple fronts with time ticking down on the winter window. Deals for Lyon midfielder Bruno Guimaraes and Bayer Leverkusen left-back Mitchel Bakker are currently in play.
The Chronicle is reporting that Guimaraes has a medical scheduled for Friday. The 24-year-old is with the Brazilian national team, who have a World Cup qualifier at Ecuador tomorrow night.
Reports earlier on Wednesday claimed that Lyon had accepted an offer in the region of £33.5m. Soon after Lyon released a statement calling reports in the press false. However, Lyon have done this before and it relates to them being a publicly listed company.
According to Lee Ryder’s report, French football experts have noted that this is their usual policy. Lyon must report ‘any significant business to the stock exchange first.’ So the club appear to have been quick to tamp down false information as details of the agreement had not been announced yet.
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Many reports have the size of the fee agreed upon but the structure of Newcastle’s payments are yet to be finalized. Newcastle want to make the payments in installments while Lyon, who are in some financial difficulty, would prefer as much of the fee paid upfront as possible.
Hopefully, Newcastle don’t get too fancy with their requests as getting a player of the quality of Guimaraes for £33.5m is a fantastic deal. The playmaker could transform this side if he can hit the ground running.
Newcastle are also hoping to convince Mitchel Bakker to ditch Leverkusen after just six months. Reports are that Newcastle have offered £16m for the 21-year-old which would represent a sizeable profit for the German club.
Reports earlier in the week hinted that Bakker was not convinced of joining Newcastle despite an agreement with Leverkusen seeming close. Newcastle then appeared to have moved on to Atalanta’s Robin Gosens.
However, the German left-back preferred a move to Inter Milan, who were also in for him. Fabrizio Romano is reporting that Gosens will join Inter tomorrow as the deal appears to be all but done.
Bakker is six years younger than Gosens and better defensively. So if we can get the fiery Dutchman in, he could turn out to be an excellent signing. It appears that Leverkusen are currently sounding out replacements, though they do have Daley Sinkgraven and Piero Hincapie already in place.