Newcastle are now technically safe in the Premier League and all we need to do now to finish off what has been a tremendous second half of the season is to win our final two games against Arsenal at home next Monday night and then struggling Burnley away on Sunday 22nd May.
Then the summer transfer window will start in earnest and Newcastle will be very busy, and we will want to bring in top-class players like Bruno Guimaraes and Kieran Tripper this summer.
Newcastle will be linked with a host of good players this summer, and Bruno Guimaraes could help bring in two Brazilians he knows very well.
One is Atlético Madrid’s 24year-old 15 times capped Brazilian left-back Renan Lodi, who Bruno knows from his play with Brazil, and Kieran knows from his time in Madrid when he was his teammate.
Lodi’s interest by Newcastle may be why Eddie Howe has been reticent to fully commit to signing Matt Targett, who has done so well on loan this season.
Lodi joined Atlético Madrid from Atlético Paranaense back in the summer of 2019 and has played 118 times for Atlético with 6 goals and 10 assists.
Lodi made his debut for the Brazilian national team in October 2019, and he would seem like an excellent buy for Newcastle.
If Howe really wants Lodi, then Bruno can surely help persuade his Brazilian team-mate to join Newcastle, and maybe Kieran too.
Whether Howe will also sign Targett if he signs Lodi remains to be seen, but Dummett has signed a one-year extension, and we can sell Jamal Lewis and Matt Ritchie this summer.
The other player we are interested in is Bruno’s Brazilian teammate at Lyon – Lucas Paqueta.
He is a really exciting central midfield player who can score goals, and Bruno and Paqueta played so well for Lyon last season when they were Champions of Ligue 1.
It’s not beyond the realm of possibility he even wants to join Bruno at Newcastle, by far the world’s richest club and one of the most ambitious too.
The attacking midfielder joined Lyon in September 2020, on a €20M (about £17M) deal and a five-year contract: and in 77 appearances for the club, he has 20 goals and had 13 assists.
Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas is prepared to sell his star player this summer and is asking for offers above €60M (about £50M) for the attacking midfielder.
That would be a great return in just two years for Lyon, who like most clubs in Europe need the money after the COVID outbreak.
So there you have it – two of Bruno’s friends – left back Renan Lodi from Atlético Madrid and Lyon’s Lucas Paqueta, who has been capped 31 times for Brazil and scored 7 international goals.
These two players would add real class to our squad for next season.
What do you think?