According to reports, Arsenal are keen to sign Lyon midfielder Bruno Guimaraes in the January transfer window.
Guimaraes had a breakout 2020-21 season for both club and country as his performances for Lyon earned him a place in Brazil’s 2020 Tokyo Olympics squad. The midfielder played almost every minute of the contest for Brazil. Brazil went on to win the gold medal, beating Spain 2-1 in the final.
Bruno Guimaraes has been in good form for Lyon too. He has made a total of 23 appearances in all competitions this term. In this time he has set up six assists for his teammates. (stats vis Tranfermarkt)
Arsenal are set to be without midfielder Thomas Partey, who is involved in the AFCON this month. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta also talked about the need to bring in new faces in the middle of the park in January. While talking to his post-match interview after the shock 1-0 FA Cup defeat to Nottingham Forest, he said:
“We are going to move and we are going to look for options because we are very short there.”
“We are expecting some activity because of a few players, and we have a few loans that hopefully we will have to complete. But it depends, as we all know it’s a very complicated market, and it’s a short window, so we’ll see what happens.”
Bruno Guimaraes verdict
Talking to Brazilian outlet Globo Esporte about Arsenal’s interest he said:
“It’s normal to be mentioned like this when you are an Olympic champion, have been called up for the national team and are performing well individually. But I don’t really like to think about it. I let my agent manage that.”
“There has been a change in management. We talked about it briefly when Juninho was at the club. When the time comes, we’ll talk about it again. The focus now is to move up the rankings and put Lyon in the correct position.”
The midfielder did however also talk about his dream of playing for a Premier League side one day. He said:
“Arsenal approached my agent, but there was no offer. My aim, and I made it clear to Juninho, is to win a title with Lyon. The fans have not had one for a long time. We have the Coupe de France, the Europa League and the league. It is difficult with the level that PSG are at, but anything can happen. My aim is to win a title here, but I have never hidden my desire to play in the Premier League.”
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