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Newcastle close to announcing €52m Bruno Guimaraes transfer

Bruno Guimaraes will be Newcastle's highest paid player
Bruno Guimaraes will be Newcastle's highest paid player / Eurasia Sport Images/GettyImages

Newcastle are close to announcing a deal for Lyon midfielder Bruno Guimaraes worth up to €52m (£43m), which will be a club record transfer if all add-ons are met.

Negotiations were dragged out for most of the week and premature media reports that an agreement was in place even prompted a public denial from Lyon.

But the hurdles have been cleared, with a medical for the 24-year-old having taken place in Brazil while he has been on international duty.

Newcastle increased their initial offer to €40m (£33m), which will be topped up by €8m in add-ons and a further €4m if the Magpies avoid Premier League relegation.

Guimaraes has agreed a long-term contract at St James’ Park and 90min understands he will become the club’s highest paid player in the process.

The Brazilian has only been playing in Europe for two years after Lyon recruited him from Athletico Paranaense in January 2020. He has quickly established a reputation as a top defensive midfielder and could command a place in Brazil’s World Cup squad later this year.

Guimaraes was an unused substitute as Brazil drew with Ecuador in a qualifying match on Thursday but previously played in earlier fixtures against Chile and Peru in September.

He joins fellow Brazilian Joelinton on Tyneside and it is his countryman’s record transfer that stands to be broken if the add-ons are triggered. Joelinton had arrived for £40m from Hoffenheim in 2019.

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