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Premier League midfielder subject to ‘realistic exit’ with Manchester City and PSG interested



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A summer transfer window exit from Newcastle United for Brazilian midfielder Bruno Guimaraes in the coming months has been described as “realistic” in a new report.

The latest development comes at a time when Manchester City are understood to be assessing the market for opportunities in midfield, amid continued uncertainties within the central roles in Pep Guardiola’s current squad.

Kalvin Phillips is almost certainly expected to bring an end to his arguably disastrous spell with the reigning Premier League champions, despite his array of silverware claimed during a one-and-a-half year stay with the club until a loan to West Ham in January.

Confusion over Bernardo Silva’s imminent future also continues into another market, with the Portugal international understood to still be weighing up his future and eyeing a move to Barcelona, should they be able to finance a move.

Should Silva find an exit from Manchester City this summer, then Etihad Stadium bosses will find themselves a replacement, and that could come from within the Premier League and a familiar name to supporters.

Writing as part of his column for CaughtOffside, journalist Ben Jacobs revealed, “Bruno Guimaraes is a more realistic exit (from Newcastle United). He is also not a player they want to lose, but his £100m release clause could take the decision out of Newcastle’s hands.”

Jacobs continued, “PSG and Manchester City both like Guimaraes. Arsenal are not currently in the mix. They are looking instead at Real Sociedad’s Martin Zubimendi, and Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz is on their radar as well. Neither are routine deals to get over the line.”

Manchester City could yet re-open negotiations with West Ham for Lucas Paqueta, following on from their formal interest in the 26-year-old towards the back end of the previous summer transfer window.

A Football Association investigation into alleged gambling activity from those within Paqueta’s immediate circle forced Manchester City to withdraw interest, but should the matter be dropped before the end of the coming summer, then they are likely to reopen discussions.

The understanding in various quarters is that Manchester City would have no problem in persuading Paqueta to take a deal, while personal terms with the player would be shaken upon with relative ease too.