The news this morning remains very positive on Newcastle’s attempt to land Bruno Guimaraes of Lyon. The French outlet L’Equipe, who first broke the story, is reporting that Lyon have accepted Newcastle’s offer of €40m (£33.5m) in principle.
What remains to be sorted is the structure of Newcastle’s payments as well as agent fees. Newcastle are also having to contend with logistical issues due to the midfielder being in Ecuador on international duty with Brazil.
The Northern Echo is confirming reports that a medical is scheduled to take place in South America at some point. The Chronicle reported last night that it was set for tomorrow. Newcastle have time to sort everything out as long as no serious hiccups surface.
It has also been revealed that no other clubs have entered formal negotiations for Guimaraes, which was a concern once his price tag became public. Reports that Arsenal and Tottenham were in for the playmaker appear, at least for the moment, to be wide of the mark.
Newcastle are also hoping to have a deal for Leverkusen’s Mitchel Bakker finalized by close of business Monday. The holdup on the 21-year-old is that Leverkusen want a replacement lined up before giving the green light.
Everything appears to be in place for Bakker to become a Magpie. Leverkusen have accepted a fee of around £14-16m with the fiery Dutchman on board with the move. The wait now continues on Leverkusen releasing him to fly to Newcastle for a medical.
There is also some news on the Diego Carlos front. The Northern Echo believes Newcastle are hopeful Sevilla’s resolve will collapse in the final days of the window. Diego Carlos is still very keen on making the switch.
Newcastle have offered £30m with Sevilla wanting closer to £40m. While a compromise seems doable, it would have to be soon as Sevilla would need to bring in a replacement. This move seems very unlikely at the moment.
Newcastle are also contemplating a second approach for Dan Burn. An initial bid of £8m was rejected by Brighton. Alex Crook, of talkSPORT, believes it will take a bid of £15m to pry away the local lad from Albion.
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