Bruno Guimaraes of Newcastle United is apparently still a target for Liverpool despite the player’s impending extension with the Magpies.
The 25-year-old joined Newcastle from Ligue 1 club Lyon in January 2022, becoming one of the club’s first notable acquisitions after being acquired by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund.
Guimaraes joined the Magpies when they were in relegation trouble, but the Brazilian gave them a good end to the 2021–22 season and helped them finish 11th in the Premier League.
After reaching fourth in the Premier League standings during the midfielder’s first full season in England, Eddie Howe’s team was able to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years.
Although Guimaraes is almost ready to sign new terms with Newcastle, Italian writer Fabrizio Romano claims in his column in The Daily Briefing that Liverpool is still interested in recruiting him.
According to the source, despite failing to sign the Brazilian to a contract at Anfield during the summer transfer window, Jurgen Klopp and the club hierarchy still have a great admiration for him.
The Liverpool engine room was targeted for a big makeover ahead of the 2023–24 season after players like Jordan Henderson and Fabinho left for the riches of the Saudi Pro League.
Before the transfer window closed, the Merseysideiders were able to bring in Alexis Mac Allister, Dominik Szoboszlai, Wataru Endo, and Ryan Gravenberch for their first-team squad.
Liverpool’s happiness with the players they were able to bring to Anfield is understandable, but that contentment hasn’t made them lose interest in Guimaraes.
The 25-year-old is reportedly close to agreeing to a new deal at St James’ Park, which would bind him there through the summer of 2028.
According to the source, Guimaraes and the club have verbally agreed to the new conditions, which would dramatically increase the midfielder’s pay throughout the course of his current deal with the Magpies.
According to reports, the deal has a £100 million release clause that would allow future employers like Liverpool to employ Guimaraes without too much difficulty.
Although the Brazilian is reported to be pleased with how things are going at Newcastle since his arrival there a year ago, it is understood that the inclusion of a buy-out clause was a non-negotiable for the player.
On Sunday afternoon, Guimaraes scored in the second half to help the Magpies destroy Sheffield United 8-0 in the Premier League. Howe’s team will now host Manchester City in the EFL Cup.