Bruno Guimarães, the Brazilian midfielder, is currently with the Brazil national team camp after receiving a call-up. The Seleção Canarinha are gearing up to face Colombia and Argentina in the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifier fixtures during this international break.
Guimarães has established himself as the most dependable player in Eddie Howe’s Newcastle squad, maintaining a 100% starting record this season across all competitions. Despite his recent contract extension, the midfielder continues to be linked with a potential move to the Catalan giants, FC Barcelona.
Barcelona reportedly want Guimaraes in swap deal
FC Barcelona witnessed their unbeaten streak come to an end after suffering an El Clásico defeat at the hands of Real Madrid at home. The courtesy of Los Blancos’ new addition, Jude Bellingham’s brace led to a 2-1 scoreline, marking Barcelona’s first loss in La Liga this season.
Subsequently, the Spanish champions faced another 1-0 upset against the Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League Group H fixture. These recent upsets have prompted Xavi and Barcelona to inquire about possible additions to bolster their squad, especially the midfield, which has been bitten by injuries.
Barcelona boss Xavi’s key player, midfielder Frenkie De Jong, has already been sidelined due to a severe ankle injury, further depleting the midfield depth. Recent reports emerging from Spanish outlets suggest that the Catalan side wants to bring Bruno Guimarães to Camp Nou in a swap deal, with another Brazilian, Raphinha, potentially being offloaded to make a return to the Premier League.
The 26-year-old midfielder joined the Magpies from French side Olympique Lyon for a transfer fee of €42 million in the January 2022 transfer window. He quickly established himself as a fan favorite at St James’ Park, playing a crucial part in their historic return to the Champions League return this season, by beating PSG 4-1 at home.
Bruno Guimaraes’ ‘secret’ Barcelona clause
The Brazil international has recently signed a new five-year contract extension with the Premier League side, keeping him at Newcastle until 2028. The Magpies rewarded Guimaraes with an improved wage following his impressive 18-month stint. Despite his recent contract extension, interest from Barcelona persists for the signature of the 26-year-old.
Reportedly, Bruno Guimaraes’ new contract includes a release clause of £100 million. However, a secret Barcelona release clause in the deal allows the player to potentially move to Camp Nou for a significantly lower transfer fee, estimated to be around £60 million. The allure of joining the Spanish champions, his dream team, seems to be a prominent factor.
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