Atletico Madrid are getting closer to completing the signing of Bruno Guimarães from Brazilian side Athletico Paranaense, according to claims from Spain today.
AS claims Athletico lawyer Rodrigo Gama was in Madrid last week, and is sorting some contract details out so the move can be done.
Atletico Madrid have the priority to buy Bruno Guimarães, which was agreed when the club signed Renan Lodi from Athletico Paranaense last summer. That would give them an advantage ahead of Chelsea, Benfica, Porto and Flamengo.
This option sets Guimarães’ price at between €25m and €30m. What helps the Spanish side is the midfielder isn’t very keen on signing a new deal with his club.
Since his release clause for Brazilian clubs is of R$80m (€17m) and Flamengo have been interested in signing him, it’s better for Athletico to reach a deal with a European side quickly and get far more money.
Chelsea’s interest in Bruno Guimarães, just like Atletico Madrid’s preference to sign him, was confirmed by Sport Witness sources a couple of months ago.
But for the Blues to get him, it seems they would have to hurry up and battle Atletico Madrid. For foreign clubs, Guimarães’ release clause is €40m.