Juventus have seen one of their midfield targets go off the board on Wednesday with Bruno Guimarães set to sign for Newcastle United.
The Bianconeri had expressed an interest in the Brazilian but they were deterred by Lyon’s valuation of the player. The club attempted to negotiate an initial loan deal with an obligation to buy in the summer, but the French club were only interested in a permanent January sale.
Thus, Juve’s hesitance has seen them miss out with the Saudi-backed Newcastle swooping. A handful of clubs had been interested in signing Guimarães before the deadline but it’s the Magpies that have won the race.
Juventus target Bruno Guimarães is set to sign for Newcastle United in a €40m deal
Transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano reported on Wednesday morning that “Newcastle are set to sign Bruno Guimarães”.
Lyon have accepted a €40m bid from the Magpies with the player also agreeing to the move. His medical is expected to take place in Brazil once the final details of his transfer are ironed out between agents and Lyon.
The deal is expected to be completed soon.
While Guimarães is exactly the type of midfield profile Juventus require, the club’s decision to pursue Dusan Vlahović before the deadline meant any move for a midfielder, especially of Guimarães’ value, was unlikely.
However, Juve could yet make one or two midfield moves in the final few days of the window. Arthur Melo remains an option for Arsenal, while Aston Villa are keen on signing Rodrigo Bentancur. In terms of potential replacements, impending free agent Denis Zakaria is available for €7m, while the versatile Nahitan Nández has emerged as a loan option from Cagliari.