Newcastle snub Chelsea’s January window enquiry for Bruno Guimaraes
As previously reported, negotiations had dragged on owing to the implementation of a release clause for the Brazil international. We are informed the amount now set is £100million and not in excess of that number - the owners had initially wanted it to be £15m more.
Indeed, talks were led by the club’s owners, Mehrdad Ghodoussi and Amanda Staveley. They pair took charge of the deal and managed to get an agreement in place between all parties, lowering their initial asking price.
Liverpool and Paris Saint–Germain made proposals over the summer transfer window which was knocked back by Newcastle, with the Ligue 1 champions offering more than the Reds. Chelsea had made an initial enquiry at this point, too, which was also rejected.
Fresh Chelsea approach
But we are told that the west London outfit had made another approach for Guimaraes, around the time Romeo Lavia picked up a muscle tear, over a possible January move, and at a time when talks between Guimaraes and Newcastle's discussions over fresh terms appeared to be at an impasse. But this, too, was rejected by Newcastle, whose hierarchy are huge fans of the 25-year-old.
However, despite a deal being in place, there remains interest in Guimaraes from abroad, mostly in Spain, and Newcastle are anticipating fresh challenges in 2024, even with a release clause in place.
Newcastle have enjoyed a small bounce back from a torrid start to their season, beating Brentford 1-0 at St James’ Park last weekend before earning a point at the San Siro in their Champions League encounter with AC Milan mid-week. The side face Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Sunday.