Earlier today, reports emerged claiming that Real Madrid and Chelsea were interested in signing Newcastle United midfielder Bruno Guimaraes after being impressed by his stunning displays over the past ten months.
The 24-year-old joined Newcastle from Olympique Lyon in January earlier this year. One of the biggest investments of the new owners at the time, the Brazilian played a huge role in helping the Magpies survive relegation last season.
He has once again been key to their push as Eddie Howe’s side find themselves in the top four of the Premier League. And the Brazilian’s impressive form has caught the eye of Real Madrid as well as Chelsea.
Los Blancos had their sights set on Guimaraes in the past as well, with the midfielder himself admitting as much. However, it led to nothing as he eventually signed for Newcastle.
But with Toni Kroos’ future far from certain and Luka Modric in the final phase of his career as well, a new midfielder or two could be the need of the hour at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Jude Bellingham remains the absolute priority at Real Madrid. But Guimaraes is also seemingly a name on the club’s agenda.
But as per Chronicle Live, Newcastle United have no intentions whatsoever to sell their star performer and are ready to issue a hands-off warning to both Real Madrid and Chelsea with regard to Guimaraes.
Furthermore, the Tyneside giants are already considering handing the Brazilian a new contract even though they signed him less than a year ago.
There are talks of a £200,000 per week deal, which will make him the highest earner at St James’ Park, where the current ceiling for wages is around £120,000-a-week. However, Newcastle will likely break the structure for Guimaraes given how pivotal he has become and the interest he is attracting.
As iterated earlier, Real Madrid will need at least one midfielder in the summer and Bellingham remains the main target for the Spanish and European champions. As for the interest in Guimaraes, Newcastle will make it extremely difficult for any club to sign him.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.