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David Ornstein provides the latest update on Arsenal’s pursuit of Bruno Guimaraes

David Ornstein has provided insights into what he has heard about Arsenal’s pursuit of Newcastle midfielder Bruno Guimaraes this summer

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Recent speculation surrounding Arsenal’s interest in Newcastle midfielder Bruno Guimaraes has sparked discussions within football circles, with renowned journalist David Ornstein weighing in on the potential transfer.

Guimaraes has emerged as a standout figure in central midfield since his arrival from Lyon to Newcastle. His impressive performances have attracted attention from top clubs, with Arsenal reportedly keen to bolster their midfield options by acquiring the Brazilian talent. Manchester City are also rumoured to be monitoring Guimaraes closely.

The Brazilian midfielder is known to have a £100 million release clause in his contract with Newcastle, a factor that has intensified speculation about his future amid Arsenal’s readiness to invest in the upcoming transfer window.

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David Ornstein provided insights into Arsenal’s interest in Guimaraes during his latest Athletic Q&A session. He stated, “Arsenal really like Bruno as an option if they are to recruit a No 6. He can also operate at No 8 — but Newcastle, Arsenal, and others view him as a No 6.”

However, Ornstein highlighted the financial challenges associated with triggering Guimaraes’ release clause, expressing uncertainty about Arsenal’s willingness or ability to meet such a hefty price tag. He explained the complexities involved in negotiating a deal below the clause value and Newcastle’s stance on retaining their prized asset.

“Bruno has a £100million ($126m) release clause (with activation dates, as has been reported). I’m not sure if Arsenal or anyone else will want/be able to pay that level of money for him, although there are always other solutions that can be explored to try to make such a signing possible.

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“Newcastle, however, do not want to lose him. I doubt they would welcome interest for below-the-clause value — unless their PSR (profit and sustainability regulations) situation dictates they have to and the required finance can’t be raised through alternative means. But the fact there is a clause dictates they are not fully in control of this situation.”

Despite Newcastle’s desire to retain Guimaraes, Arsenal’s allure as a prestigious club and their ambitious project under Mikel Arteta could sway the player’s decision if pursued.

The potential partnership between Bruno Guimaraes and Declan Rice in Arsenal’s midfield ranks is seen as a tantalising prospect, elevating the Gunners to an elite level. With Martin Odegaard also in their ranks, Arsenal’s midfield could reach new heights, fueling speculation about a transformative summer for the club.

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