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Manchester City leave £100 million midfielder away from ‘priority’ shortlist ahead of summer market

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Officials at the Etihad Stadium are claimed to see the staggering £100 million release clause in the Newcastle United contract of Bruno Guimaraes as ‘prohibitive’.

In what is being lined up as one of Manchester City’s most important transfer windows of the Pep Guardiola era, Etihad Stadium recruitment officials are widely expected to be tasked with bringing in new profiles in the middle of the park.

Kalvin Phillips is understood to be set for a permanent exit from the club, while Bernardo Silva continues to be at the centre of transfer uncertainty amid a long-standing desire for warmer weather and more favourable culture.

The age of Kevin De Bruyne and a belief that the Belgian’s performance levels are beginning to drop leaves Manchester City with some enormous shoes to fill across the course of the next two summer markets, starting with the 2024 edition.

One name from within the Premier League is at the centre of uncertainty himself, with Manchester City known to have been admirers of his skillset from his days with Olympique Lyonnais prior to moving to the English top-flight.

And now, according to the information of The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards, while that name – Bruno Guimaraes – is on a list of transfer targets at Manchester City, the Brazilian midfielder is ‘not thought to be a priority’ this summer and the asking price is ‘prohibitive’.

Newcastle are said to be adamant that if nobody activates Guimaraes’ £100 million release clause before the end of June, they will not be selling the midfielder during the upcoming summer transfer window.

It is further stated that while speculation about the player’s future is likely to last all summer, Newcastle have ‘sounded increasingly confident’ both in public and private that Bruno Guimaraes intends to stay for at least one more season.

Sources have also insisted to The Telegraph that Newcastle United have not had any sort of enquiry at this stage, despite some claiming that Manchester City have moved forward and beyond the admiration stage of their interest.

Other names understood to be on Manchester City’s midfield transfer shortlist are few and far between this summer, and were further reduced in the last few days following the emergence of the Football Association’s charges issued to Lucas Paqueta for breaches of gambling rules.

City could look towards RB Leipzig and Spanish international Dani Olmo, having been left impressed by his performances across competitions despite struggles with injury during the most recent season.

City have faced Olmo on numerous occasions, and the player is known to be in touch with Etihad defender Josko Gvardiol, with the pair forming a close friendship during their time together in Saxony.

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