Pep Guardiola’s two words to Bruno Guimaraes opens up Man City transfer chance
Pep Guardiola has shown interest in Newcastle’s Bruno Guimaraes, which has created a possibility for a transfer to Manchester City.
Although Jude Bellingham or Declan Rice have been linked with other Premier League clubs for midfield positions, Guimaraes has caught Guardiola’s eye. Guardiola’s brief message to Guimaraes has opened the door for a potential move to Manchester City.
Last week, Pep Guardiola approached Bruno Guimaraes and complimented him, saying “bueno, good.” According to Guimaraes, he has spoken with Guardiola a few times and considers him to be a genius and the best coach in history. While these flattering remarks could be seen as flirtatious, it also raises concerns among Newcastle fans that Guimaraes may be leaving in the summer. Guimaraes has already revealed that Real Madrid contacted him briefly last summer to discuss his situation, which is that he has a contract with Newcastle until 2026, and the club does not want to sell him. However, everyone has a price, and Guimaraes’ value could be around £80m, which is double the amount that Manchester United paid for him 15 months ago.
During his time at Newcastle, Guimaraes has been an exceptional representative both on and off the field, showcasing his ability to maintain possession even in tight midfield situations and launch forward attacks. As a result, he is an essential player for Eddie Howe’s attacking style of play.
According to Sean Longstaff, playing alongside Guimaraes makes other players look good. As top midfielders become available this summer, there will likely be a high demand for them, with City needing a replacement for Ilkay Gundogan, whose contract expires in the summer.
While Jude Bellingham and Declan Rice are highly sought after by elite clubs, not all will be successful in acquiring them. This raises the possibility that Guimaraes could become a viable alternative for teams like Liverpool or Manchester City if they fail to secure their primary targets.
The decision of whether to stay at Newcastle or seek Champions League football elsewhere could depend on Guimaraes’ level of patience and his desire for a pay rise. While he is proud to be a part of the club’s rebuilding process, he is already 25 years old, which may make him more eager to compete at a higher level sooner rather than later.
Additionally, Newcastle’s final league position could also be a deciding factor. While a top-four finish is still possible, the team’s recent lack of goals and wins could make it more difficult to attract top talent and keep their star players. The club will need to bring in four high-quality players in the summer while also fending off interest in Guimaraes.