Liverpool made a late attempt to sign Bruno Guimaraes in the summer transfer window, but just like two other targets he was out of reach, a report has revealed.
Nevertheless, Guimaraes is said to remain on Liverpool’s radar with a view to a later opportunity to sign him. When the time comes, they will have to increase the £100m bid they are said to have made by AS.
The report claims Newcastle rejected the bid because of Guimaraes’ importance to their growing project, which will include Champions League involvement this season.
Thus, he was one that got away for Liverpool this summer, in addition to setbacks elsewhere for Moises Caicedo and Andre Trindade.
Chelsea broke the British transfer record – which they had only set a few months prior – to beat them to the signing of Caicedo from Brighton. Meanwhile, Fluminense refused to sell Andre while still competing in the Copa Libertadores.
While Liverpool were able to sign four new midfielders this summer – Alexis Mac Allister, Dominik Szoboszlai, Ryan Gravenberch and Wataru Endo – they arguably still lack a standout replacement for Fabinho.
Endo is a defensive midfielder, but was not a household name when he arrived from Stuttgart at the age of 30 and will have to step up to his new challenge.
They were prepared to break their transfer record in order to sign Caicedo before that deal fell through. Guimaraes is a player who also has significant Premier League experience and may even be the more rounded talent. After all, he is approaching his prime years at the age of 25.
With that in mind, it is clear to see why Newcastle would be holding out for a premium fee. Guimaraes is under contract at St. James’ Park until 2026 and TEAMtalk revealed earlier in the summer that the Magpies want to extend his commitment to the club.
Since joining them from Lyon in January 2022, Guimaraes has contributed 10 goals and six assists from 61 appearances across all competitions.