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Newcastle United Midfielder 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, Fichajes mentioned that Newcastle United midfielder Bruno Guimaraes is on the radar of Real Madrid. It has been claimed that Los Blancos are hoping to land the Brazilian midfield ace from the Magpies next year.

Guimaraes’ Impressive Form At Newcastle Last Season

Guimaraes enjoyed a solid campaign at St. James’ Park recently as he helped the Magpies secure a top-four finish in the Premier League. The Brazilian sensation was involved in 40 matches for the Magpies last season, netting five goals and picking up five assists in the process across various competitions.

The 25-year-old was a positive influence at both ends of the pitch and deserves credit for averaging 2.4 tackles, 1.1 interceptions, 0.6 clearances, 0.9 shots, 1.3 key passes and 1.4 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Premier League. He was even tidy when interchanging possession with his teammates after completing 84.6% of his attempted passes in the English first division (stats via whoscored).

Guimaraes is under contract at the Tyneside club until the summer of 2026. Hence, Eddie Howe will be under no pressure to cash in on him this January.

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BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 02: Billy Gilmour of Brighton & Hove Albion is challenged by Bruno Guimaraes of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Newcastle United at American Express Community Stadium on September 02, 2023 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Alex Broadway/Getty Images)

Can Newcastle United Boss Eddie Howe Afford To Lose Guimaraes?

Guimaraes loves a tackle and can make some important interceptions for his team at the centre of the park. He doesn’t mind clearing the danger when needed and can even shoot the ball with venom from long range. Furthermore, the Brazilian sensation has got the vision to play a few decisive passes in the opponent’s half. He is a good dribbler with the ball as well.

At the moment, Guimaraes is one of the most valuable members of Eddie Howe’s match-day. He has established himself as a first team star at St. James’ Park over the past 12 months.

Thus, the Magpies simply cannot afford to lose Guimaraes this winter or at the end of this campaign. The Tyneside outfit should be under no hurry to cash in on him as he is still under a long-term contract.

Howe would be better off keeping hold of Guimaraes’ services for the long run. At 25, he will only improve as a footballer in the coming seasons and could help Newcastle challenge for a major trophy in the not-too-distant future.

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