Another Brazilian player has come into the spotlight of Manchester City following the withdrawal from the signing of Lucas Paquetá, who is being investigated for alleged involvement in sports betting. This time, it’s Bruno Guimarães, who stood out for Newcastle in the last season.
Bruno Guimarães’ agents, Kia Joorabchian and Giuliano Bertolucci, were present at the Etihad Stadium for the Manchester City vs. Newcastle match, a fixture valid for the second round of the Premier League. There was even a possibility that the Brazilian wouldn’t even be included due to the negotiations, but he played as a starter without any issue.
Bruno Guimarães arrived at Newcastle in early 2022, signing from Lyon for 42 million euros. His debut season in the Premier League was highly impressive, earning him a spot in the Brazilian national team and a place in the 2022 World Cup.
The midfielder has also been included in the initial list of selections by Brazilian national team coach Fernando Diniz, which was announced this Friday. Manchester City sees Bruno Guimarães as having a similar style to what they are seeking in the market. Furthermore, the deal could potentially go through for much less than the figures negotiated for Lucas Paquetá.
In addition to Manchester City, Bruno Guimarães’ name has also been linked to Liverpool, who lost Ecuadorian Moises Caicedo to Chelsea and are in need of reinforcement in that position. This might lead to a competition in the transfer market.
Withdrawal from the signing of Lucas Paquetá
Manchester City’s plan A for the midfield was Lucas Paquetá from West Ham. There were discussions between the clubs, but values and payment terms were obstacles in the negotiation. However, there was optimism from both sides.
However, the FA, the English Football Association, initiated an investigation into alleged violations by Lucas Paquetá related to sports betting. The organization is looking into bets placed through accounts associated with individuals close to the player. This development prompted Manchester City to step back and abandon the pursuit of the Brazilian player.