According to reports, Chelsea is set to make another move for Newcastle star Bruno Guimaraes in the summer, despite the midfielder being on the verge of signing a new long-term contract with the Magpies. Since his £40 million move from Lyon in January 2022, Guimaraes has established himself as one of the best defensive midfielders in the Premier League, helping Newcastle reach the Carabao Cup final and push for a top-four finish.
The 25-year-old’s impressive performances have not gone unnoticed, with Chelsea having made enquiries into signing him back in January. However, they were rebuffed, and it is now expected that they will reignite their interest in the summer. The Blues may face competition from some of Europe’s biggest clubs, including Manchester City, Real Madrid, and PSG, who all admire the player but would have to pay upwards of £100 million to convince Newcastle to sell.
Despite interest from other clubs, Newcastle’s preference would be to keep Guimaraes at St. James’ Park. The club is very close to agreeing on a new long-term deal with the midfielder, who still has three years left on his current contract. Guimaraes himself has spoken of his desire to stay at Newcastle and win the biggest trophies possible, having recently won the North East FWA Footballer of the Year award.
“My dream while I’m at Newcastle, because I know what it would mean for the fans, is to win the Premier League title here,” he told William Hill at the awards ceremony. “That is my ambition with the club, plus to play in the Champions League. We need to dream big things because the club deserves it, the fans deserve a title.”
Guimaraes added that he wants to help Newcastle win their first title since 1927 and that he sees his current club as a long-term project. “Fans are growing up having never seen Newcastle become champions, and my goal while I’m here is to help the club win that title. The League Cup final loss was, of course, very disappointing. When you get to a final everybody wants to win, and when this doesn’t happen, sometimes you cannot hang your head down for too long; you need to treat the experience as an inspiration and look forwards.”
Newcastle will face Wolves on Sunday, with Guimaraes expected to play a pivotal role in their push for a top-four finish. While Chelsea and other clubs may be interested in signing him, it seems that the midfielder is committed to staying at Newcastle and helping them achieve their goals.