Bruno Guimaraes delivers emphatic transfer message as Mikel Arteta priority made perfectly clear

Bruno Guimaraes of Newcastle United (39) arrives for the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on February 24, 2024 in London, England.
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With the summer window edging closer, Arsenal transfer plans are beginning to become more clear. Mikel Arteta and Edu have been busy very improving the squad over the last few trading periods and that will certainly be their goal over the coming months.

RB Leipzig striker Benjamin Sesko has been strongly linked to an Emirates Stadium switch with Chelsea and Manchester United also interested. The Gunners appear to be looking to strengthen in every position with talk of a new goalkeeper, left-back and midfielder being acquired.

Newcastle star Bruno Guimaraes has been one name mentioned with some clarity on his future provided recently by the man himself. Amadou Onana, Martin Zubimendi and Youssouf Fofana are alternatives to the Brazil international with it still obvious Arsenal need to add a body to their engine room.

With that in mind, has taken a look at the latest Arsenal transfer rumours which includes a fresh perspective.

Guimaraes on Newcastle future

The future of Guimaraes appears to be rather clear-cut with Arsenal's remaining transfer hopes diminishing.

"Look, my future, to be honest, is in God's hands," he told Brazilian media when asked about his future. "I have a contract with Newcastle, I'm very happy, as I said, I know how much they like me, I know everything I've been doing for the club. In short, I have a contract, I'm happy.

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"I don't know what can happen, we know everything about Financial Fair Play, but what I can say is that I feel happy. It's obviously very nice to be associated with big clubs; it indicates that I'm performing well, but I'm not concerned about it, as I said, I'm happy at the club.

"I'm very happy, so let's see what happens. I'm not in any hurry, I'm happy, and it's up to God, let's see what happens." says: "Arsenal is an attractive project but it is becoming much clearer that Guimaraes loves Newcastle. On numerous occasions, he has shown exactly that through his emotions and as long as Newcastle can match his ambition, he will likely stay.

"However, their financial predicament remains a concern and as such there will always be hope on Arsenal's side they can agree a deal. The £100million release clause shows his value to the Magpies and realistically it is not a sum that the Gunners can afford to pay.

"As he will be 27 next summer, Arsenal may be forced to move onto other targets with all of the other midfielders being linked to the north Londoners, significantly younger."

Arteta transfer priority

Arsenal’s summer transfer priority this summer remains a central midfielder despite the talk of a centre-forward signing at the start of the window, understands.

Sesko is of course still a firm target of the Gunners but ultimately the bigger problems that need solving lie elsewhere, especially with Thomas Partey still expected to depart. says: "Even if Partey was to remain at the club, it would have been clear that a midfielder was needed especially following Arteta's Kai Havertz tactical change.

"The Ghana international leaving opens the door for a deep-lying option to arrive with Rice, as he showed in his debut campaign, versatile enough to cover both No.6 and No.8 roles. The latest update on Arsenal's transfer plans could also arrive as a boost for the other clubs chasing Sesko with the Gunners perhaps more focused on an addition further back first."