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From Fabrizio Romano: Manchester City have four-week window to complete £100 million summer transfer



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Manchester City will have just a four-week period to complete a summer transfer for Newcastle United and Brazil star Bruno Guimaraes.

The 26-year-old midfielder is set to be subject to a major summer transfer battle from Premier League duo Manchester City and Arsenal, with both clubs seeking to bolster their midfield options ahead of the 2024/25 campaign.

Pep Guardiola is expected to oversee a major midfield overhaul at the Etihad Stadium this summer, with the Sky Blues seeking to bring in cover for Rodri, as well dealing with uncertainty surrounding Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva and current West Ham loanee Kalvin Phillips.

Manchester City lost former club captain Ilkay Gundogan to Barcelona on a free transfer last summer, and allowed former Leeds United midfielder Phillips to leave in January in search of regular first-team minutes.

Premier League midfield pair Mateo Kovacic and Matheus Nunes both moved to east Manchester from Chelsea and Wolves respectively last year, but Manchester City are set to make further additions during the off-season.

Brazilian duo Lucas Paqueta and Bruno Guimaraes have been earmarked, as well as Bundesliga trio Jamal Musiala, Joshua Kimmich and Dani Olmo.

Guimaraes has been at St James’ Park since 2022, and has made 32 Premier League appearances for Newcastle United so far this season, registering 10 direct goal involvements for Eddie Howe’s side.

The Magpies are facing the prospect of selling some of their star players this summer, with Newcastle at risk of breaching the Premier League’s Financial Fair Play rules.

The sale of Guimaraes could help ease concerns on Tyneside, with the potential for the midfielder to complete a £100 million exit from St James’ Park during the opening weeks of the summer transfer window.

Fabrizio Romano reports exclusively that Guimaraes’ release clause will be valid from the last week of May to the beginning of the last week of June, giving clubs such as Manchester City just four weeks to complete a nine-figure move.

From July, Newcastle would be able to demand a higher transfer fee, with the £100 million release active for only one month.

Journalist Jack Gaughan previously revealed that Manchester City were keeping an eye on the situation of the 26-year-old ahead of the summer, but were yet to formalise interest.