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Newcastle Staff Member Arrives In Brazil for Guimaraes Medical



After reaching an agreement with Lyon for Bruno Guimaraes, a medical has been booked for today in the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte, which means beautiful horizon. A fitting name if this deal gets completed.

The fee is believed to be an initial £33m plus a £6.7m bonus should Newcastle survive this season according to L’Equipe. Guimaraes was an unused substitute in Brazil’s contentious 1-1 draw at Ecuador last night.

Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano tweeted a picture posted on Instagram by Guimaraes’s agent last night. Romano has also confirmed this morning that a member of Newcastle’s medical team has arrived in Brazil to conduct the medical.

Once completed, Guimaraes will become Eddie Howe’s third signing of the window and will take Newcastle’s spending over £70m with more deals in play. There is a tentative agreement for Mitchel Bakker which is being held up by Leverkusen’s insistence on finding a replacement.

There is further news this morning that Newcastle will return with an improved bid for Brighton’s Dan Burn. An initial bid of £8m was rejected earlier in the week. It is expected Brighton will only accept a fee of over £12m.

There could be some surprises over the next few days as Newcastle turn to alternative targets with moves for Diego Carlos, Sven Botman, and apparently Jesse Lingard coming up short. The pending addition of Guimaraes relieves some of the mounting angst from the past few weeks.

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50 comments so far

  • Billy Joelinton

    Jan 28, 2022 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #1

    Some signing this. One of the most complete midfielders I’ve seen in ages. Looks to be remarkably powerful for his size and seems to bounce off bigger lads and ride challenges with ease. Throw in that he’s pacey, quality on the ball, superb defensive timing and tenacity, and what we’ve got is undoubtedly a champions league-ready centre mid who is ideally suited to the demands of the prem. And still only 24. Wow. Will take a lot of pressure off ASM who was starting to look like he felt like he needed to do everything himself (he wasn’t wrong!) at Leeds, to his and the team’s detriment.

    Let’s hope this colossal statement of intent is the catalyst that propels at least one more of our top-class targets over the line.

    HWTL!!!!

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  • It's all under control

    Jan 28, 2022 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #2

    That’s good first Billy!

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  • IrishRob

    Jan 28, 2022 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #3

    Tyran his reading of the game literally can’t be that bad considering the amount of headers and aerial duels he’s won this season, that’s an area that highlights you’re reading of the game big time, because if you’re in position to win the duels then you must be reading things right. But there definitely is something that’s not right with him for sure, he seems to be coming round over the past few weeks though, it’s probably confidence.

    I’ve feeling with a real quality player beside him we might all just be singing his praises over the next few years. And I’d love to see it for his sake, because his attitude and dedication to the club are two things that can’t ever be denied.

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  • cyprus

    Jan 28, 2022 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #4

    That errors leading to goals is ok, it helps, but it certainly is not conclusive.

    How big or stupid was the error? How risky was each situation? How many interventions preventing a goal has each one had? How many total situations when an error could’ve been committed has each one been involved in? Etc.

    Not trying to take blame away from anyone, but this has also been the most overworked defence in the league, so errors become more likely.

    Anyway, we do need upgrades everywhere, of course.

    I’d prioritize another MF and an outright winger. Too many of our players can’t hold on to the ball when under pressure. Defenders are rarely that skillful, it’s from MF upwards that you expect trickery and silky skills. And holding onto the ball.

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  • cyprus

    Jan 28, 2022 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #5

    And a CF, of course, a Cisse.

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  • Adamn_92

    Jan 28, 2022 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #6

    My main criticism with Lascelles, is his decision making from time to time. Most notably trying to nick the ball off a player when it’s passed into them. Quite often he will try to read a pass and nick the ball in front of a player, but is either too late of judges it wrong and ends up needlessly fouling the player by being late or getting turned/passed around and is then out of position. It happened early on in the Leeds game. Dan James was receiving a pass, Lascelles came sprinting up behind him in an attempt nick the ball, was late arriving, James simply touches it past him and it ends up resulting in Lascelles being way out of position leaving space behind him.

    It leads to an opportunity for Leeds and Dubs pulls off a great save. You can then also see by the time Dubs makes the save, Lascelles is only just back into our box. He also spots Klich running past him into space and instead of tracking him just points to him and tries to pass the problem onto someone else. Even though he’s closest to him and should be busting a gut to get back into position. Could easily have ended up with Klich having a tap in as he was free in a dangerous area.

    That’s my main issue with Lascelles, decision making. Poor decision to try and nick the ball from James which led to an opportunity for Leeds. Poor decision to not track Klich even though he ran right past him. He’s not an awful defender and get’s ripped into unfairly at times. But he is prone to these poor decision making moments that lead to chances and can cost us.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gH1BrZHDga8

    Literally the very first highlight is what i’m talking about.

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  • The Dyslexic God

    Jan 28, 2022 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #7

    Oi Billy Joel is copyright The Dutch Bulldog

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  • The Dyslexic God

    Jan 28, 2022 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #8

    🙂

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  • The Dyslexic God

    Jan 28, 2022 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #9

    Need to get 4th v thing…. battery running down on a Mr B Gates mind control chip

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  • Adamn_92

    Jan 28, 2022 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #10

    Sorry correction, doesn’t sprint up behind James. He’s actually facing the ball and James comes from slightly in front and to the side of him, which makes the decision making a little worse as he should be able to clearly see James coming in from his side view.

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jan 28, 2022 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #11

    I think the logic is quite simple if you apply it. Not one of our central defenders would get in to another top 14 PL squad excepting maybe Schar. Therefore a player who plays in a top 14

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  • phy

    Jan 28, 2022 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #12

    Missed the bus so repost

    Do these stats show acceleration?

    We all know the first 3 yards in football are massive. If Lascelles is only at full tank at 30 yards but the attackers is all out at 10 yards, regardless of top speed that’s a hell of a difference to make up on a pitch

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  • The Dyslexic God

    Jan 28, 2022 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #13

    In other news, Sir Pugalot has been playing with Frenchies, and zooming.Still available as a left pawed winger £5m sign on and £150k/ week

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jan 28, 2022 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #14

    Team should therefore be better than what we’ve got.

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  • DaraghL

    Jan 28, 2022 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #15

    Adamn,

    I know the clip was Lascelles related but watching that again has put a smile on my face.

    Interestingly…no sign of the clear penalty in the highlights *dons tinfoil hat*

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  • ToonFL

    Jan 28, 2022 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #16

    Adamn_92

    “My main criticism with Lascelles, is his decision making from time to time. Most notably trying to nick the ball off a player when it’s passed into them. Quite often he will try to read a pass and nick the ball in front of a player, but is either too late of judges it wrong and ends up needlessly fouling the player by being late or getting turned/passed around and is then out of position.”

    This is my biggest annoyance with him to the T. So frustrating watching it and you know the outcome before he even jumps in. I’m not his biggest fan by all means and would prefer someone better in, however, I do believe with some competition he’ll play a lot better…hopefully lol

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jan 28, 2022 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #17

    How many on here would have turned their nose up at Callum Chambers?

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  • martoon

    Jan 28, 2022 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #18

    Nice little jolly to Brazil for the medical staff member 😀

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  • Billy Joelinton

    Jan 28, 2022 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #19

    TDG

    Is that right? I’m new here so no flagrant plagiarism on my part.

    We’ll have to fight for it. Pints in the strawberry until someone collapses. Winner take all.

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  • The Dyslexic God

    Jan 28, 2022 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #20

    I noted from the last game, it was either 25 or 35 mins in. Leeds played a ball over the top, Trips already running back Shelvey turned sprinted and did not give up a yard.They were both in get back quick phase!!

    Shelvey looks slow as he stoops forward when he runs, but he is not slow.

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  • ToonFL

    Jan 28, 2022 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #21

    Raj

    Would have definitely taken Chambers tbh

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  • Adamn_92

    Jan 28, 2022 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #22

    Sorry, one more point.

    Lascelles isn’t slow but can have lapses of being lazy. Again, in the link I shared and the first highlight, you can see Schar sprinting over to close the shot down, Trippier sprints to the goal line to potentially block a shot but Lascelles after being caught out of position, is simply lightly jogging back into the area and rather than track Klich, just points at him whilst continuing to lightly jog.

    Not a bad defender, but it’s things like this that have drawn the criticism this season. Bad decision making and at times a very lazy and relaxed persona.

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  • The Dyslexic God

    Jan 28, 2022 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #23

    Sounds like a good idea. But I will let you have Billy anyway 🙂

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  • Adamn_92

    Jan 28, 2022 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #24

    ToonFL

    Same here. It’s a regular thing he does and always angers me. Needless free kicks he gives way doing it and you can usually tell a mile off that he’s not getting there and is either taking out the man or getting taken out the game. Just stand your ground and don’t get pulled out.

    DaraghL

    Yeah I watched the whole highlights and put a smile on my face too haha

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  • The Dyslexic God

    Jan 28, 2022 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #25

    Martoon, belive me, 9 hour flight, get off look at someone do a medical the 9 hours back is no fun even with a bed. The number of times I had to go to French Guiana!! Mind you on the way back always stopped off in Martinique and had a round of golf.

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  • DaraghL

    Jan 28, 2022 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #26

    Jail,

    I would have to be honest. My mate who is a Villa fan isn’t keen either although they needed a backup 4th centre back and cover for Cash at right back so he’s not expected to play. In a group chat with two Arsenal fans one of them said:
    “Think he’ll be handy for you’s (Villa)”, “he was leaving on a free this summer”

    To your point if he’s good enough for them he’s good enough for us. I’d personally prefer Burn, if possible.

    I think when I’ve seen Chambers and Holding play it was in an Arsenal side that couldn’t defend at the time. That’s obviously dampened my thought’s on the two of them.

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  • IrishRob

    Jan 28, 2022 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #27

    Darragh ASM was definitely fast, its no illusion, his best that I can find playing for us, only quickly Googled was 22.84MPH or 36.76kph which is considerably faster than ANYONE has run in the whole Premier league this season, top two are Adam Armstrong at 22.15MPH and Traore at 22.14MPH.

    But what’s really interesting is people like traore and Walkers top speed has taken a hit this season and no one seems to be reaching the speeds we seen them run at 1-2years ago.

    I think Cvid has really messed with athletes performances, and there definitely does seem to be clear evidence now of it affecting people permanently or long term.

    We know Maxi had it bad and he’s positively slow now compared to what he used to be. That being said he has suffered 2-3 hamstring issues in those two years snd if they haven’t hurt him physically they definitely have mentally in so much as he probably doesn’t want to go all out anymore because of fear of it happening again.

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  • The Dyslexic God

    Jan 28, 2022 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #28

    Burn is ex-academy and from Blyth. Had a season ticket . 6ft 7″ . I will leave it at that

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  • The Dyslexic God

    Jan 28, 2022 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #29

    Best Toon defender? Bobby Moncur, 2 goals away in Hungry to win the only trophy in my lifetime

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  • Unused Substitute

    Jan 28, 2022 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #30

    Lascelles usually has to react to a bad situation after it unfolds without usually being responsible for the situation in the first place. Other members of our defense are no different. Blaming the defense rather than our nonexistent midfield is completely out of the line. Since the departure of Mo Diamé our defense have become a freak show. Hopefully, now things will be different.

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  • IrishRob

    Jan 28, 2022 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #31

    Mund he definitely gets unfairly targeted, but he has been very bad at times this season also, thing is its mot nearly as often as we tend to think it was. And his confidence is slowly showing signs of coming back.

    That’s why I’m convinced he’s going nowhere even over the next few years. We aren’t privy to the majority of his performance stats and we all like to think we’re experts but we’re just not. Like it or lump it, he’s picked every single week because they see the good things in him that others don’t.

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  • The Dyslexic God

    Jan 28, 2022 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #32

    Irish Rob, I call ASM “The Mummy” now, he is so wrapped up.

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  • Tyran21

    Jan 28, 2022 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #33

    IrishRob

    Pace, aerial and physical always has been the strength of Lascelles’s game. That’s why Howe always start him and Schar ahead of Fernández. My perceptive of reading the game is how the defender position himself to stop danger before it becomes too late. I feel Lascelles always get caught there and then scramble to recover.

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  • Toonarmy of Frogs

    Jan 28, 2022 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #34

    Lascelles is OK when he’s behind the ball. Make clearences, head, tackle all decent.

    Problems are concentration. Decision making. Passing is woeful. He always looks at his feet. Some of the better forwards watch this and drift into his blind spot on purpose. But in a poor team his deficiency gets exposed a lot.

    In a better team he’d be fine.

    There are loads of players who look good at one team an poor in others. (pogba, van de berk, any manu we signed)

    Hoping the new players inject new desire and purpose into Lascelles and the squad and we loose the panicked fear that we can’t seem to shift.

    Bruno may be key to reversing our defensive overloads.

    The anticipation is fantastic now.

    The next game at St James if the window finishes strongly for us will be absolutely electric!

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  • The Dyslexic God

    Jan 28, 2022 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #35

    To be fair to ASM he does get the brown stuff kicked out of him in every match and refs just look the other way as the opposition take it in turn to kick him

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  • IrishRob

    Jan 28, 2022 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #36

    Lee you beat me to it on the Hamstring thing, but I reckon Cvid is a big oart of it to tbh, it’s not beyond coincidence that none of the top speedster seem to be reaching the highs they did 1.5-2 years ago.

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  • hibbit

    Jan 28, 2022 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #37

    Love them or Hate them not many will survive the cut in the summer if we stay up.

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  • The Dyslexic God

    Jan 28, 2022 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #38

    Irish, cvid has nothing to do with top speed, I am just as slow as I was last year

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  • IrishRob

    Jan 28, 2022 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #39

    Phy I was just getting to that, Maxis acceleration is what is the key for him for sure. But we were just talking about actual top speed and tbf to him he was one of the fastest players also.

    But definitely u hit nail on the head him acceleration is his huge weapon. But even that seems to have taken a huge hit. You just don’t see him beating nearly as many players nowadays.

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  • It's all under control

    Jan 28, 2022 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #40

    “If I had to make a tackle it was because I’d made a mistake”

    that’s the difference between a re-active defender who can’t read the game for Toffee…(Lascelles) and one of the best pro-active defenders the world has ever seen and was a one club player.

    Lascelles is competent at best, but is slow and makes bad decisions and gives away far too many penalties.

    Slow feet and a slow mind who can’t read the game = a poor defender.

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