The Magpies star wants to ply his trade in the Champions League and test himself among Europe’s elite.
Chelsea are ‘likely’ to be ‘back again’ for Newcastle United ace Bruno Guimaraes this summer having previously been linked to the Brazilian midfielder. While Guimaraes is supposedly ‘on the verge’ of signing a new contract with the north-east outfit, the Telegraph report that his long-term future is more uncertain.
The report claims there is a long queue to snatch the 25-year-old, with Todd Boehly and co. keen to place themselves at the very front. This comes after the Blues were previously linked a few months back to bolster the side’s midfield options.
However, he reportedly wants to be playing for the biggest trophies around, most notably the Champions League. At present, Chelsea’s most likely route to Europe’s biggest club competition is through winning this year’s edition, while Newcastle are positioned nicely to challenge for a spot in the Premier League’s top four.
According to the Evening Standard, both Chelsea and Real Madrid expressed an interest in Guimaraes towards the back-end of last year. The Telegraph added that Chelsea made an enquiry in January, only to be quickly knocked back.
He joined the Magpies in the summer for £40million and will have four years remaining on his deal once this season concludes. Newcastle therefore hope to fend off any potential suitors by tying the Brazil international to a new and improved deal.
Since first registering their interest, Boehly has upgraded Graham Potter’s options in this position, most notably breaking the British transfer record with the January capture of Enzo Fernandez. However, they did also part ways with Jorginho that same month, while fellow midfielder N’Golo Kante continues to face an uncertain future with his deal expiring at the end of the season.
Therefore, the club still retains an interest, and could even ‘firm up’ their desire with a bid this summer. The highly-rated player previously insisted he was ‘born to play in the Premier League’ which comes as a huge incentive for Boehly when identifying midfield targets.
Of course, Newcastle don’t want to sell and will be keen to get Guimaraes to sign their proposed contract sharpish to avoid adding fuel to the speculation fire. That being said, there does appear to be a friendly relationship between the two sets of ownerships, and a move in the opposite direction seems more likely as the Geordies continue to be linked with fringe Blues players, most notably Conor Gallagher.