Olympique Lyonnais have issued a statement addressing recent media reports that an agreement in principle has been reached with Newcastle over their midfielder Bruno Guimaraes.
L’Olympique Lyonnais dément catégoriquement les fausses informations diffusées par de nombreux médias faisant état d’un accord entre Newcastle et l’OL pour le transfert du milieu de terrain international brésilien Bruno Guimaraes. https://t.co/d0bjVX6UsC
— Olympique Lyonnais (@OL) January 26, 2022
Here is the translated statement in full:
Olympique Lyonnais categorically denies the false information disseminated by many media reporting an agreement between Newcastle and OL for the transfer of Brazilian international midfielder Bruno Guimaraes.
In this transfer window period where the slightest rumor is often presented as reality, Olympique Lyonnais reminds that only information officially released by the club is to be taken into consideration.
Reports both domestic and abroad had confirmed that Newcastle’s offer for the 24-year-old had been accepted by Lyon. Even French journalist Julien Laurens had joined the party earlier this morning.
Bruno Guimaraes’ move to Newcastle is agreed. I can’t stress enough what a fantastic player he is and what a great coup this is for Newcastle. He will increase the team so much!
— Julien Laurens (@LaurensJulien) January 26, 2022
Lyon’s statement does not mean negotiations have not occurred or a deal cannot be reached. Fabrizio Romano reported earlier that the structure of the £30m-plus fee has yet to be agreed on. So that may be why Lyon has issued their statement.
It has also been brought to my attention that Lyon have issued similar statements in the past with Alexandre Lacazette to Arsenal and Ferland Mendy to Real Madrid. The following was provided by a Twitter user Paderborn Mag.
To further emphasize the rollercoaster of this window, The Athletic is now reporting that Brighton have rejected Newcastle’s offer for Dan Burn. In his report, Chris Waugh also confirms interest in but no approach for Burns’s teammates Adam Webster and Yves Bissouma.
There is no mention of the size of Newcastle’s offer for the 29-year-old Burns. It may be a case where Newcastle went in low and will have to raise the bid. It is also believed that Newcastle are interested in West Ham’s Issa Diop, Tottenham’s Joe Rodon, and Liverpool’s Nat Phillips should this move not progress.