Liverpool are reportedly keeping a keen eye on Newcastle United midfielder Bruno Guimaraes despite the Brazilian being on the verge of signing a new contract at St James Park.
Having emerged as one of the best midfielders in the Premier League since his arrival on Tyneside, Guimaraes is set to pen a new deal with Eddie Howe’s side, but could inadvertedly be confirming a future move away from the club in the process.
This is because his new deal is set to include a release clause, making a move in the coming years much easier for interested clubs.
As per Fabrizio Romano, ‘The final fee is yet to be confirmed, but what I’m hearing is that it is in the region of £100m. Let’s see if it ends up being a bit more than this, or a bit less, but there will 100% be a release clause, and it will be close to that £100m figure.’
Liverpool have just signed four new midfielders, but one of those was Wataru Endo, a 28-year-old who they picked up after missing out on a longer-term solution at the base of their midfield.
They are expected to return for another option, especially with Thiago Alcantara increasingly linked with a move away from the club amid interest from Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
According to reports, Guimaraes continues to catch their eye and they have already shown that for the right player, they are happy to pay the money with a £110m bid having been accepted by Brighton for Moises Caicedo over the summer.
Jurgen Klopp’s side will not be the only one with an interest in the Brazilian though, with both Manchester City and Real Madrid having been linked with the 25-year-old since his arrival on English shores, and Arsenal having been keen on him during his time at Lyon before he made the switch to the northwest.
With a price now set at £100m, the release clause could spark a battle for his services in the transfer windows to come with that fee now seemingly the going rate for a good Premier League proven midfielder.