Newcastle sign Bruno Guimaraes from Lyon on a $ 44 million transfer deal

Newcastle United have confirmed the signing of Bruno Guimaraes from Lyon on a £ 33m ($ 44m) deal, with the Brazilian national team player being the latest major signing of the Magpies under Eddie Howe’s watch.

The midfielder, who claimed Olympic gold as a member of Selecao’s squad in Tokyo 2020 last year, arrives at St James’ Park as no doubt the flagship purchase of their January transfer window so far, as the second most expensive player in the club’s history.

The 24-year-old represents yet another major acquisition on Tyneside as Howe continues to build his squad after last autumn’s takeover in order to escape a fiercely contested relegation battle at the wrong end of the Premier League table.

What was said in the Guimaraes announcement from Newcastle?

Magpies boss Howe has told the club’s official website: “Bruno is a hugely exciting talent and has been one of our primary goals, so I’m happy to secure him. He’s strengthening the squad immediately ready for the challenge ahead.

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“He has been one of the excellent artists in France and is a full international for Brazil, so I have no doubt that our supporters will really enjoy seeing him. We look forward to welcoming him to the club, when he returns from international service. “

What brings Guimaraes to Newcastle?

After arriving in Europe in 2020 after a huge success in his home country with Athletico Paranaense, the Brazilian has continued to grow in stature, which has helped Lyon qualify for the Europa League in this first campaign on the continent.

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He has been another key figure for the club during this period, even they have found themselves locked in a midfield team pattern, with his performances among the more conspicuous among his teammates.

However, such an overall form has seen him frustrated, as the player has indicated that he felt his creativity was caught in the top class of French football – and although a switch to a club in a less uncertain position might have been preferable, the Premier League enticed football is something he will definitely enjoy.

Will Newcastle pick up someone else?

After making former loaner Joe Willock their only major conquest of the pre-season last year, the influx of funds from the club’s takeover has allowed the Magpies to break up the checkbook, bringing Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier and Burnley’s Chris Wood with on board side.

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Guimaraes’ arrival continues to see the club continue their relocation, representing yet another important goal for Howe, after several times evading Newcastle’s interest.

Even with their current consumption spree, however, more names may come in the door before the January transfer window slams.

Who else was involved?

Other Premier League clubs were reportedly involved, most jumping in when Newcastle rumors first surfaced, shaken by the surprisingly low transfer value. Arsenal were the side most associated with Guimaraes apart from Newcastle, but in the end, the Gunners were never seriously involved.

That prompted Lyon to publicly push back on reports that they had agreed a deal with the Magpies, but in the end, Newcastle was the preferred destination.

“Olympique Lyonnais categorically denies the fake news spread by a number of businesses reporting an agreement between Newcastle and the Olympics on the transfer of Brazilian international midfielder Bruno Guimarães,” the club announced in a statement on January 26. Just four days later, the deal was announced despite the hiccups.

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