Bruno Guimaraes: The First Statement Of The New Toon Era?

Reports suggesting Newcastle United are about to sign Lyon’s Brazilian midfielder Bruno Guimaraes are circulating widely this week.

If the move goes through, Bruno Guimaraes would be the first ‘marquee’ signing under Newcastle’s new ownership. It is notable, and slightly surprising.

Nobody expected Newcastle to be signing Champions League players at this point, and that’s what Bruno Guimaraes is. They’re currently embroiled in a relegation struggle.

Bruno had been heavily linked with Arsenal. However, his agent is Kia Joorabchian. Given Arsenal’s ill-fated recent dealings with him, they’re understandably reluctant to do business.


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Newcastle’s signings so far this January have been of the sensible variety. Kieran Trippier is a Champions League quality player. However, he is a solid right back, a leader of the defense and an experienced head. He’s the kind of player that makes sense for a team fighting relegation.

The acquisition of Chris Wood from Burnley is of a similar ilk. Wood is a reliable goalscorer at this level of the Premier League. He is used to scrapping at the foot of the table. The deal also has the added benefit of robbing a direct rival of one of their best players.


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Guimaraes is a player who could form part of a European-caliber midfield for years to come. Of course, it remains to be seen how he adapts to the Premier League but what it shows is that Newcastle are already thinking beyond merely surviving relegation. A risky strategy if it doesn’t pay off.

No doubt there will be a clause in his contract that says he can leave cheaply if Newcastle are relegated. Then, he’ll already live in England and will not be short of suitors. 

For now, be prepared to see a Brazilian star playing alongside Jonjo Shelvey and Joe Willock.