Arsenal learn Bruno Guimaraes release clause clarity as Edu transfer stance revealed

Bruno Guimarães of Newcastle United FC reacts during the exhibition match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Newcastle United FC at Melbourne Cricket Ground on May 22, 2024 in Melbourne, Australia.
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Arsenal are reportedly facing a race against the clock to sign Newcastle United midfielder Bruno Guimaraes. The Magpies star has been an inspired signing by Eddie Howe, establishing himself as a key member at St James' Park.

The 26-year-old has caught the eye of other top teams such as Manchester City and Paris Saint Germain, sparking uncertainty over his future in the North East. Newcastle are said to be facing the threat of Financial Fair Play and may be forced to tighten their belts in order to avoid facing a sanction from the Premier League.

Alexander Isak is among the players linked with a departure but the Brazilian remains hotly tipped with a move to the Emirates Stadium. Should the interest be genuine, the Gunners will face a race against time to lure him to the capital for a set price otherwise risk spending in excess - which would break their transfer record.

According to reports, the 26-year-old has a £100million release clause which expires towards the end of June. It has been suggested that the fee can be paid in three instalments but the priority for Guimaraes is to remain in the Premier League.

Speaking before the end of the campaign, Howe said: "It goes without saying what my thoughts on the Bruno situation are. We want to keep him, we want to build our team around him and he's an integral part of what we are doing."

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He added: "Bruno's performances have been top-notch, he's content and focused, looking forward to a summer where we aim to progress the squad further, and he's central to our plans."

There will be no European football for Newcastle after their stint in the Champions League following their sixth-place finish. The lack of continental action and financial fair play fears could result in a sale at St James' Park this summer, the Newcastle boss admitted that they have been restricted in the market.

"In an ideal world, given the freedom to act we would have brought players in already," he said. "But we're not in that situation - as Darren [Eales, Newcastle CEO] alluded to on Thursday, Financial Fair Play is a problem for us, and we're having to navigate round that.

"That's the position we're in. When does it become a problem? It's already one, but we're trying to manage through it." Arsenal are just one of the sides linked with the player, but understands that it is unlikely he moves to north London in the summer.