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Real Madrid battle Chelsea in the race for 24-year-old Premier League midfielder
Bruno Guimaraes has proven to be an excellent investment for Newcastle United over the past ten months. Since joining the club in January, the Brazilian has become a midfield lynchpin for the club and his performances this season have been critical in helping the Magpies break into Premier League’s top four this season.
Guimaraes’ performances have not gone unnoticed either, with a report from Evening Standard indicating that both Real Madrid and Chelsea are interested in his services.
Real Madrid are currently in the market for a new midfielder, who can ideally join the club at the end of the season. This is because both Luka Modric and Toni Kroos are out of contract in 2023. Although the club are exploring the possibility of new deals, nothing has been agreed upon just yet.
As such, the club actively scouring the market, with Guimaraes emerging as one of the top options. However, luring the Brazilian away from Newcastle will not be easy as their cash-rich owners are not keen on offloading their star player in the near future.
Guimaraes, after all, has been the heart of the Newcastle United midfield, with the club even reportedly in talks over a new deal that could see him earn over £200,000 per week.
This means the Brazilian international is expected to cost a fortune, potentially ruling Real Madrid out of the chase, as they have Jude Bellingham as their top priority for the summer.
The report does suggest Chelsea share a close relationship with the Newcastle United owners. But they are also treading carefully and it appears very unlikely that Guimaraes would leave the club anytime soon.
However, we have witnessed many twists and turns in the transfer market lately, and with both Chelsea and Real Madrid interested in his services, it will be interesting to see what Guimaraes thinks of a potential move away from Tyneside.
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Manchester City join race to sign €40 million-rated Real Madrid target
Manchester City have now joined the ever-growing list of admirers for Celta Vigo midfielder and Real Madrid target Gabri Veiga, reports Jack Gaughan of the Daily Mail.
The 20-year-old midfielder has emerged as one of the breakout stars of La Liga this season, having impressed with his goalscoring abilities from the centre of the park. Indeed, the youngster has notched up nine goals in La Liga and his exploits have made the giants of Europe sit up and take notice.
Real Madrid are said to be interested in Veiga’s services heading into the summer. The Merengues have Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Dani Ceballos on expiring contracts and it is unlikely that all three will be renewed, especially with Jude Bellingham being on the agenda.
In case of Modric and Kroos, even if they stay, it will likely be for only a season at the most. Hence, Los Blancos could require more than one central midfielder come summer, with Veiga emerging as an option.
The 20-year-old was also attracting interest from the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Atletico Madrid. Now, Manchester City have also jumped on the bandwagon of clubs interested in Veiga’s services.
The Cityzens, who are battling Real Madrid for Bellingham as well, are set to lose Ilkay Gundogan in the summer when his contract expires. Meanwhile, Bernardo Silva’s future is also far from certain, thus necessitating the signing of another midfielder.
Veiga has a release clause worth €40 million in his contract with Celta Vigo, which should not be a problem for either Real Madrid or Manchester City.
Celta Vigo president Carlos Mourino recently admitted that the midfielder could leave the club in the summer, saying:
“We don’t want to sell Gabri Veiga, but they are going to buy him from us. And we can’t do anything there. We know some of his offers and it is impossible to reach them.
“There are several teams behind Gabri. Real Madrid? They haven’t asked us, we don’t know if they will have called the player. Of the top 10 in the Premier League, four have asked about him.”
It will certainly be interesting to see whether Real Madrid are prepared to go all out for Veiga’s signing or decide to entirely focus on their pursuit of Bellingham.