Reports stemming from Brazil today confirm that French giants Lyon have submitted a proposal to Athletico Paranaense for Bruno Guimaraes.
Guimaraes, a 22-year-old deep-lying midfielder, is regarded as one of the finest young talents in his home country of Brazil.
After coming up through the youth ranks of Sao Paulo-based Audax during the early years of his fledgling career, Guimaraes secured a permanent move to Athletico Paranaense in 2018, on the back of a season on loan at the Estádio Joaquim Américo.
And the South American has since gone on to establish himself as a key member of Dorival Junior’s squad.
Last season saw Guimaraes rack up 35 appearances across all competitions, as Athletico secured a 5th-place finish in the Campeonato Brasileiro.
In addition, the midfielder directly contributed to a none-too-shabby 7 goals.
Lyon enter the fray
As such, Guimaraes’ talents have inevitably begun to catch the eye of some of European football’s heavyweights.
In the past, the likes of AC Milan, Inter Milan, Lille and Chelsea have been named as keen admirers of the Brazilian.
The most recent reports stemming from Guimaraes’ native Brazil, though, have seen another club labelled as the front-runners for Guimaraes’ signature.
The outfit in question? Arsenal.
Globoesporte revealed earlier this week that the Gunners had set up a meeting with the Brazilian U23 international’s representatives in London, during which they were expected to table an opening offer.
Mais um clube na briga!
— globoesportecom (@globoesportecom) January 17, 2020
As per the aforementioned update courtesy of Ander Hernan, journalist for the reliable Globo, though, Arsenal appear to be in danger of missing out on their midfield target.
It is claimed that Ligue 1 giants Lyon have come forward with a proposal of their own for Guimaraes.
The bid is labelled as ‘very good’ by Hernan, hinting that it is likely to be taken into consideration by Athletico Paranaense.
It has previously been suggested that the Brazilian outfit are demanding somewhere between 25 and 30 million Euro for their midfield enforcer.
Informação dada agora no Esporte Espetacular @RedeGlobo : Lyon entra forte na briga pra contratar Bruno Guimarães, capitão da seleção Brasileira no Torneio Pré-olímpico. Proposta é cosiderada muito boa. #trcentral
— André Hernan (@andrehernan) January 19, 2020