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Guimaraes also added to Liverpool wishlist alongside Arsenal

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Liverpool have joined Arsenal in the race to sign Newcastle United midfielder Bruno Guimaraes in the summer transfer window. This is according to Spanish daily Diario AS.

Newcastle United missed out on a berth in the European competitions for next season. They are under pressure to sell players to balance their books this summer.

According to the report, the Magpies need to raise around £65 million ahead of next season. However, Eddie Howe thought to ‘not object’ to selling Guimaraes if it means Alexander Isak will stay at the club.

The Brazilian international has been valued at £72 million by Transfermarkt. If Newcastle secures a reasonable transfer sum for him, they would not need to sell any other player from the first team.

Arsenal have been strongly linked with a move for the South American, with widespread reports suggesting that Mikel Arteta is keen on bringing Guimaraes to the Emirates Stadium this summer.

With Thomas Partey tipped to leave after another injury-plagued campaign, Arsenal need a top-class central midfielder to play alongside Declan Rice and Martin Odegaard. Guimaraes has been earmarked as their top target.

However, it looks like Arsenal will face stiff competition as Diario AS claims that Liverpool have now joined the race to sign the 26-year-old and hope to hijack the Gunners’ attempts to secure his services this summer.

The report says there is further interest from Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, although the midfielder is keen to remain in the Premier League, so a move to Ligue 1 appears unlikely.

Guimaraes is seen as the missing piece in the Liverpool midfield. Arne Slot is expected to stamp his authority on the Liverpool squad this summer by revamping the current setup, and it is understood that Guimaraes possesses attributes that appeal to the Dutch manager.

Liverpool eyeing on signing Guimaraes:

Guimaraes’ signing would not come cheap, but in the last few seasons, the Reds have missed a box-to-box midfielder. The Newcastle midfielder can play in a central midfielder’s role, and with his energetic gameplay, he can drive the ball into the final third and make late runs into the box to score goals.

Last season, Guimaraes had seven goals and eight assists in the Premier League. And he maintained an impeccable fitness record, featuring 37 times in the English top flight.

The 26-year-old still has the best years of his career ahead and could be an ideal long-term option for Liverpool. His profile is very similar to that of Georginio Wijnaldum, who was a success at Anfield.

However, Liverpool face stiff competition from Arsenal in the pursuit of the former Lyon man. Any potential move may have to wait until after this summer’s Copa America.

Arsenal’s interest in Guimaraes highlights their need for a reliable midfielder. With Partey’s departure likely, Guimaraes seems a fitting addition alongside Rice and Odegaard. The Brazilian’s dynamic playing style, ability to contribute offensively, and solid fitness record make him an attractive target.

Liverpool’s interest adds another layer of complexity to the transfer saga. The club’s need for a versatile midfielder like Guimaraes is evident, especially considering their recent lack of a box-to-box player. Guimaraes’ ability to drive play forward and his knack for timely goal-scoring runs could make him a valuable asset for Liverpool.

The competition for Guimaraes’ signature is fierce, with top clubs vying for his services. The outcome of this transfer battle remains uncertain. Though each club offering different prospects and opportunities for the Brazilian midfielder’s career.

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