Newcastle United midfielder Bruno Guimaraes is a player that has been on the radars of Real Madrid for a while now.
Even though Los Blancos have splashed in excess of €100 million for Jude Bellingham this past summer, it appears that they still maintain a solid interest in Guimaraes.
Both Luka Modric and Toni Kroos will see their contracts expire at the end of the season and are unlikely to remain at the club beyond that.
As such, a new midfield reinforcement could be needed at the Santiago Bernabeu, with the Newcastle United mainstay being identified as a target.
Guimaraes will cost a bomb
However, signing Guimaraes from Newcastle will be anything but easy for Real Madrid.
The Brazilian international is a key part of Eddie Howe’s plans at St James’ Park and has shown no inclination of wanting to leave.
And, as per reports relayed by Mundo Deportivo, Real Madrid will have to shell out a sum of €120 million if they wish to coax Guimaraes away from Newcastle United.
The 25-year-old has a contract with the Magpies until the summer of 2026, with the Premier League club already working to try and extend his deal.
As such, they will not make it easy for Los Blancos to sign him up and it could take a big fee, such as the €120 million figure mentioned in the report, for Carlo Ancelotti & co. to get Guimaraes.
Competition for Guimaraes’ services
However, Real Madrid are not the only team interested in Guimaraes as two Premier League clubs in the form of Chelsea and Liverpool are also said to be monitoring the Newcastle United star.
Liverpool have overseen a complete revamp of their midfield unit this past summer, but are reportedly planning to add Guimaraes to their roster as well.
As for Chelsea, they also splashed the big bucks on a number of midfielders during the recent transfer windows, but under Todd Boehly there has not been much of a clear roadmap as far as their recruitment is concerned.
Whether Real Madrid are indeed serious about Guimaraes’ pursuit for 2024 will thus be interesting to see.
Real Madrid prodigy eager to make his debut as he closes in on return from injury
Real Madrid’s start to the season has been nothing short of exemplary. The Merengues have won every game since the dawn of the campaign, going unbeaten over the course of six games.
However, coach Carlo Ancelotti has yet to unearth the maximum potential of his squad, as injuries to key players and some notable absentees have prevented Real Madrid from flexing their muscles.
Arriving this summer on a six-year contract, Arda Guler has not been fortuitous enough to don the Royal White jersey yet, owing to a knee injury he endured early in the pre-season tour of the US.
But after missing out on the initial stages of the campaign, his return is closer than ever.
Arda Guler aching to make his debut
Indeed, as per Diario AS, he has fully recovered from his injury and is close to playing his first match for Real Madrid.
The Turkish sensation cannot wait to play and apparently will be back with the group on Monday as he can finally shake off the rust and be reintegrated within the squad dynamics.
Guler has missed some important games in La Liga thus far, as well as the Champions League opener versus Union Berlin, which Madrid won with a late Bellingham strike.
However, the season is still long, and the 18-year-old will finally be able to participate in the upcoming matches, with El Clasico also on the horizon.
After a thorough investigation, the Madrid sports management came to the conclusion that Guler would be a suitable attacking addition who is poised to fit the team dynamics like a glove.
As a result, everyone at the club is excitedly anticipating his return from injury because he will have plenty of possibilities this season.
The player garnered immense attention in the summer transfer window and Real Madrid are thus looking forward to seeing him in action.