As we wait for Newcastle United to complete the signing of Bruno Guimarães from Lyon, the Brazilian media already takes the transfer as done, and now analyses what the midfielder can do at the Premier League side.
On UOL, journalist Danilo Lavieri brought his opinion on the deal, claiming that a move to St. James’ Park could end up being a great opportunity for the 24-year-old.
“Bruno Guimarães will play for Newcastle. He left Athletico-PR in January 2020, was bought by Lyon for 20 million euros and, when he was bought, he was in the concentration of the pre-Olympic Brazilian team,” Danilo Lavieri told UOL.
“Juninho Pernambucano went to Colombia, where the national team was concentrated and they signed the agreement. Now Lyon are selling him for 40 million euros to Newcastle, who are the new rich in Europe, they were bought by a fund from Saudi Arabia”.
“Newcastle will spare no effort. They already signed Trippier and Wood and now Bruno Guimarães is another possibility. This window is not even the strongest, it’s the calmest in Europe, and the good one is the one in the middle of the year.”
Lavieri, meanwhile, points out that Guimarães could soon be featuring for Newcastle in big stages, and that’s an advantage if compared to the reality he finds at Lyon now.
“The plan is that Newcastle will be a protagonist in Europe in the coming months with this amount of money. So, he believes that, going there, he can play in a team that has the strength to fight not only on equal terms with PSG in French league, but also for things on the continental scene”.
Journalist Leo Burla, however, points out that it still isn’t guaranteed that Newcastle will be that successful, although he understands why the midfielder is accepting the move.
“It’s understandable (the departure from Lyon). In addition to the appreciation of money, every player wants to go to the best league in the world, although it’s still a somewhat uncertain, obscure project, we don’t know where it’s going to go, but he understands it as a step forward in his career.”
Following Lyon’s statement denying the deal with Newcastle for the move, the Brazilian media has gone a little quieter about it, despite continuing to sound confident that the transfer is happening.
With Bruno now in Ecuador to play for the national team, he’s unlikely to have a medical before he returns to Brazil on Friday.