As reported by both the English Guardian and French L’Équipe, Newcastle are working on the signing of midfielder Bruno Guimarães from Olympique Lyon. The Magpies are said to be pushing for a winter transfer and are willing to pay a fee of €40 million for the Brazil international, it was initially announced.
As The Athletic, among others, now reports, there are increasing signs that the transfer will be completed soon. Guimarães, who plays with the Seleção in Ecuador on Thursday, is set to undergo a medical in Brazil afterwards. According to Sky Sports, the transfer fee will amount to around £30 million – the equivalent of around €36 million.
The reported sum would make the right-footed midfielder the second most expensive winter transfer in the world behind Ferran Torres (for €55 million from Man City to Barça). Guimarães would be Newcastle’s fifth addition in the current transfer window, alongside loan returnees Matty Longstaff and Jake Turner and January signings Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood.