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NEWCASTLE UNITED will hold further talks with Lyon today in the hope of being able to wrap up a deal for Bruno Guimaraes before the weekend.
Despite Lyon’s public insistence yesterday that a deal for the Brazilian midfielder had not been agreed, it is understood the outline terms of a preliminary agreement have been settled between the French club and the Magpies.
Newcastle will pay an initial fee of around £30m for Guimaraes, who joined Lyon from Athletico Paranaense in his native Brazil in January 2020.
However, the deal is not yet complete as details relating to the way in which Newcastle’s payments will be structured still need to be finalised, along with the final agents’ fees for the transfer.
Once those are signed off, Guimaraes will have to complete a medical and confirm personal terms before his switch to St James’ Park is completed.
That process will not be simple, as the 24-year-old midfielder is currently on international duty with Brazil preparing for a World Cup qualifier against Ecuador, which is due to kick off late this evening.
Newcastle officials have put plans in place to conduct a medical in South America, in the hope they can complete a deal ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline-day.
The Magpies hierarchy acknowledge that public discussion of their bid has alerted rival clubs to the possibility of prising Guimaraes from Lyon this month.
However, while there was speculation yesterday that Tottenham were preparing a counter-offer, Newcastle are currently understood to be the only club to have held formal discussions with the Lyon ownership.
Ideally, Eddie Howe would like to complete three more deals before the transfer window closes on Monday night, with discussions also ongoing over Bayer Leverkusen left-back Mitchel Bakker and Sevilla centre-half Diego Carlos.
Newcastle have lodged an offer of around £14m for Bakker, and while their bid has not been officially accepted, the Leverkusen hierarchy have suggested they will be willing to allow the 21-year-old full-back to leave for that price provided they can secure a replacement.
Their search for a viable alternative is ongoing, meaning Newcastle’s recruitment team are effectively having to wait for the green light to fly Bakker to England where he will be able to complete the formalities of his move.
The Magpies’ pursuit of Carlos has run all month, with Sevilla repeatedly moving the goalposts in terms of their financial demands for the centre-half.
Newcastle have tabled at least two formal offers, but are reluctant to go much above £30m for Carlos, who has told Sevilla officials he would like to move to Tyneside this month.
The Magpies are confident their lucrative wage offer will mean Carlos continues to push for a switch to St James’, but Sevilla are currently digging their heels in and demanding at least £40m for the defender, a which Newcastle’s recruitment team, led by director Amanda Staveley, feels is too high.
Staveley and her advisors have identified potential alternatives, with Brighton duo Adam Webster and Dan Burn and Liverpool youngster Nathaniel Phillips, known to be under consideration.
However, at this stage, Newcastle’s leadership group are continuing to hold firm in the belief that Sevilla’s resistance will crumble ahead of Monday’s 11pm deadline.