While many claims from Brazil suggested that Newcastle United had seen an offer accepted of €40m for Bruno Guimarães, some in France were adamant it hadn’t.

L’Equipe explained on Wednesday night that while the amount had been agreed upon, the way the Magpies wanted to pay it was a problem, as the Premier League club wanted to spread it over five years.

Talks were said to still be ongoing, and it appears that, with time not on their side, Newcastle decided to put more money on the table to convince Lyon.

That’s what the same L’Equipe are reporting on Thursday, claiming the two sides are ‘very close to an agreement for the transfer of the Brazilian midfielder’, with the offer now €42m + €10m in bonuses.

It’s then stated that if Lyon give their approval, then Guimarães will be able to ‘officially negotiate’ with the Magpies, who have ‘already verbally promised him to quadruple his salary’.

If all this takes place, the player ‘could then undergo his medical on Friday at Belo Horizonte where he will be with his national team’ before the move is made official ‘over the weekend’.