After being acquired by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund in 2021, Newcastle United made sure to win the race for Olympique Lyonnais midfielder Bruno Guimaraes, signing him for €40 million.
Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City were among teams interested in his signature, but the Magpies moved fast enough in the winter transfer markets of 2022, and got his services.
Guimaraes has been a revelation for Newcastle this season, and is among the best in his position in Europe. He is also the catalyst for the English outfit as they look to secure a Champions League spot for the 2023/24 season.
Their success has accompanied a lot of eyeballs on Guimaraes, but Newcastle are set to fend off their interest by offering him a new deal. Should he choose to leave, though, Real Madrid are the most likely destination, as per The Telegraph.
Chelsea had inquired about him in January, but any approaches were rejected by Newcastle at the time. PSG are also keeping tabs on his situation, while Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has publicly talked about his admiration for the player.
A defensive midfielder by trade, Guimaraes can also play as a central midfielder. He is likely their backup option to Jude Bellingham, who will cost no less than €130 million. For that price, Madrid might fall out of the race for his signature.
Further, with Manchester City and Liverpool are interested in acquiring him in the summer, the Borussia Dortmund midfielder might prefer a move to his home country in the Premier League.
As for Guimaraes, he has a contract with Newcastle United until 2026, and will likely cost around €100 million as well.
Brahim, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could lineup against Sevilla
Real Madrid are set to play hosts to Sevilla this evening, in what could prove to be a critical match in the context of the title race.
Although Los Blancos hold a formidable lead at the top of the table, the club are coming on the back of a disappointing result against Rayo Vallecano.
Dropping more points against Sevilla tonight could prove to be costly, especially with Barcelona and Girona breathing down their necks.
Potential Real Madrid lineup vs Sevilla
As Real Madrid approach this crucial game, coach Carlo Ancelotti has to make several arrangements, especially with so many players ruled out either due to injury or suspension.
Starting from the goalkeeper position, Thibaut Courtois remains out, which means Andriy Lunin should continue in between the sticks, ahead of the unhappy Kepa Arrizabalaga.
In the right-back position, Ancelotti is likely to opt for Lucas Vazquez, as Dani Carvajal is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the last game.
On a bright note, though, Antonio Rudiger is back and should return to central defence. He will be accompanied by Nacho Fernandez at the heart of Real Madrid’s four-man backline.
Elsewhere in defence, Ferland Mendy should continue to start ahead of Fran Garcia in the left-back position.
Moving into midfield, Eduardo Camavinga has been ruled out due to suspension. However, Ancelotti does have a myriad of options in the middle of the park.
Aurelien Tchouameni should continue to operate in the number six position, just behind the two interior midfielders Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde.
Luka Modric is an option on the bench, should Ancelotti require more experience in the middle.
As for the attack, the Real Madrid frontline should be led by Brahim Diaz once again, even though he faces fierce competition from Joselu.
Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, on the other hand, are guaranteed choices in the wide attacking spaces, though Ancelotti does have Arda Guler and Alvaro Rodriguez as potential alternatives.