According to L’Equipe, Newcastle United and Lyon are now close to an agreement for Bruno Guimaraes. The Magpies are ready to offer €42 million for the Brazilian and €10 million in bonuses. Lyon were previously not happy with how Newcastle wanted to pay the fees over five years, but the English side have increased their offer to complete the signing.
Newcastle United also have a verbal agreement with Bruno Guimaraes that they will ‘quadruple’ his salary after joining. If Lyon accepts this offer then the player can negotiate his salary officially and will be subject to medical on Friday. He will have to undergo his medical with his national team and the official announcement will be done on the weekend.
Newcastle United will need to replace Jonjo Shelvey at some point as he does not provide consistent performances. Therefore, a replacement will be needed and Bruno Guimaraes can do that at Newcastle. He has been Lyon’s first-choice defensive midfielder with a lot more to provide.
Guimaraes is a very dedicated player who is willing to cover the whole pitch while also distributing the ball. However, he might have some competition at Newcastle before getting into the first team. Eddie Howe will be aware of how Guimaraes can be an important player for them in the near future.
What can Newcastle United get out of Bruno Guimaraes?
The Brazilian likes to push his opponents in safer areas or will force them to make a back pass. He rarely gets into a tackle but wins the ball whenever he does. He is a hard worker off the ball and is disciplined with regard to not taking rash decisions. Bruno knows that he can have a physical battle with players, so he does not resort to tackling easily or diving into the player.
He makes 2.2 tackles and 0.9 interceptions per game. The Brazilian also makes 1.5 key passes and attempts 4.3 long balls per game with a pass success percentage of 88.2% (stats via whoscored). His ability to break plays and then distribute the ball quickly can help Newcastle attack on the counter.
Newcastle have to increase the quality in their squad in order to stay in the Premier League. Not only the quality of the first team but also the quality of their depth has to be improved. Bruno Guimaraes has the potential to get results for his team and hurt his opponents with his skills. He can help Newcastle stay in the Premier League as there is still some time before the season ends.
With the help of Bruno Guimaraes, Newcastle can build a new team to challenge for places and trophies in the next season. The Magpies can use their financial power to get back to their best. Moreover, Bruno Guimaraes can be a part of this huge rebuild. The rest of the season will be very crucial for Newcastle. Understandably, they must do everything they can in order to stay in the league and attract players to play for their club.
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