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Newcastle United Star Is On The Radar Of Real Madrid: Can Howe Afford To Lose Him?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, AS mentioned that Newcastle United star Bruno Guimaraes is on the radar of Real Madrid this summer. It is understood that Los Blancos have identified the Magpies’ midfielder as a replacement for Casemiro during this summer transfer window.

Guimaraes’ Excellent Spell At St. James’ Park Thus Far

Guimaraes has enjoyed his time in England so far after joining from Olympique Lyonnais back in January. The Brazilian sensation has found the back of the net on five occasions and earned one assist in 19 matches for the Tyneside club across all competitions.

The Rio de Janeiro-born talent performed well to average 2.6 tackles, 0.5 interceptions, 0.7 clearances, 1.4 shots, 0.7 key passes and 1.3 dribbles per game in the Premier League last season. He was even accurate when distributing the ball from midfield as he made 85.7% of his attempted passes in the top tier of English football (stats via whoscored).

Guimaraes’ current deal at St. James’ Park is set to run out in the summer of 2026. Hence, Eddie Howe is under no pressure to sell him even if Real Madrid decide to move in for the Brazilian talent before the end of this summer transfer window.

St. James' Park
St. James’ Park

Can Newcastle United Boss Eddie Howe Afford To Lose Guimaraes This Summer?

Guimaraes has proven his worth as a reliable performer at both ends of the field. He is a good tackler of the ball and can sense the danger quickly to earn the ball back for his team. The Brazilian sensation usually clears his lines when needed and can strike the ball with power from long range. He can even create some decent plays for others around him and is a great dribbler with the ball as well.

At the moment, Guimaraes is playing at the top of his game at St. James’ Park. Therefore, Howe simply cannot afford to lose him this late in the summer transfer window.

Guimaraes is currently one of the first names on Newcastle United‘s teamsheet and has got what it takes to help the Magpies push for a European spot in the Premier League over the next few years. At 24, the future is quite bright for the South American sensation as long as he can maintain his good form in English football.

Thus, the Tyneside giants should not entertain any offers for their Brazilian star as his exit will deplete the quality of their starting XI considerably this summer.

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