Arsenal in battle to sign Bruno Guimaraes this summer

By on April 5, 2024

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According to The Sun, Arsenal are in a three-way battle with Man Utd and PSG to sign Newcastle’s midfielder, Bruno Guimaraes. So, what are Arsenal’s chances in this race?

Reports heavily suggest that the Magpies need to sell some of their top players this summer to balance their books and meet FFP requirements. And so, aside from their star striker, Alexander Isak, whom Arsenal likes, Guimaraes is a player they may sell to sort out their finances.

The Gunners had long admired Guimaraes, but he moved to St. James Park in the 2022 winter transfer window for £35 million. An opportunity to fix that transfer miss has presented itself: Newcastle may now have to sell him.

However, that transfer is tricky; in addition to having to make a large bid to clinch the deal, Arsenal must also compete with other teams for the Brazilian’s signature.

The Guimaraes transfer battle

According to the Sun, Arsenal, PSG, and Manchester United are all in the Guimaraes transfer race. Of the two rivals, PSG are expected to provide the stiffest competition for the South American.

PSG, who are poised to lose their star player, Kylian Mbappe, are desperate to add a big name to their squad. The French giants are reportedly willing to make a headline move for Guimaraes, hoping to alleviate their fans’ disappointment at losing Mbappe. Apparently, they have been tracking the Newcastle man for the past year.

Guimaraes wants to play in the Champions League. Manchester United are unlikely to offer it, but Arsenal and PSG will almost certainly do so next season.

In the end, it may come down to which of the two clubs the 26-year-old wishes to join. There is speculation that he would prefer to return to the French Ligue, where he excelled while playing for Lyon.

But, after all, everyone wants to play in the top league, the Premier League, so why would a player want to leave?

Anyway, Arsenal must be willing to present Newcastle with a big offer, as evidenced by his £100 million release clause. They may also need to sweet talk Guimaraes about why they’re his best next move.