Newcastle’s Midfield Maestro: Bruno Guimaraes
Newcastle United’s midfield dynamo, Bruno Guimaraes, is on the cusp of penning a fresh contract, a move that seems to be a direct response to the persistent overtures from Liverpool.
The Anfield Connection
Recent murmurs from Spain had it that Liverpool tabled a hefty £100m bid for the Brazilian maestro as the transfer window was drawing to a close. While Newcastle’s response was a resounding decline, sources like The Telegraph suggest that the Magpies are swiftly moving towards securing Bruno with a renewed contract.
While The Telegraph stops short of verifying Liverpool’s eleventh-hour bid, it does acknowledge the Merseyside club’s interest. It’s worth noting that Liverpool’s enquiries about the Brazilian have been consistent over the past two transfer windows. And it’s not just Liverpool; Chelsea have reportedly shown interest, with Real Madrid also in the mix.
Protecting a Prize Asset
Given the calibre of clubs showing interest, it’s clear Newcastle recognises the need to safeguard their asset. The word on the street is that they’re nearing the final stages of Bruno’s contract extension. However, a potential hurdle has emerged. Sources suggest that the 25-year-old’s representatives are insistent on a release clause. While there’s no concrete information on its finalisation, early indications hint at a clause surpassing the £100m mark.
Liverpool’s Midfield Conundrum
Despite the consistent narrative that Liverpool securing Bruno from Newcastle is a tall order, the rumours persist. The Reds have bolstered their midfield this summer, making the addition of another player seem unlikely. Yet, with the potential departure of Thiago Alcantara on the horizon, Jurgen Klopp might be looking to reinforce.
Bruno, with his versatility to operate both deep and further up the pitch, would undoubtedly be a stellar acquisition for any top club. Given the interest he’s garnered, it’s no surprise that Newcastle might be considering a hefty release clause.
Eddie Howe, in a chat with Sky Sports, lauded Guimaraes, labelling him as ‘outstanding’. Clearly, he’s pivotal to Newcastle’s vision. For Liverpool to pry him away, the price tag will be substantial.