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Man Utd linked with Newcastle midfielder Bruno Guimaraes, an ideal partner for Mainoo?

Manchester United can make a statement by signing Newcastle United midfielder Bruno Guimaraes during the summer transfer window.

The Red Devils are likely to pursue a marquee defensive midfielder this summer with suggestions that Casemiro could make the switch to Saudi Arabia.

United have been linked with multiple names in the last few weeks and AS claim that they are one of the clubs that could compete for Guimaraes’ signature.

The Brazil international currently has a £100 million release clause in his contract and in our view, he would be a statement signing for the Red Devils.

Guimaraes would be a fantastic acquisition for United

The 26-year-old has been one of the best defensive midfielders in the Premier League since his surprise switch from Lyon during the 2022 January transfer window.

Guimaraes barely took any time to settle to the demands of the league. He has continued to remain consistent in the centre of the park despite the Magpies’ struggles this term.

In the current campaign, he has completed 86 per cent of his passes, winning an impressive 7.3 duels.

Guimaraes has also made 6.1 ball recoveries per outing, winning two tackles and 1.8 take-ons.

Aside from this, the midfielder has made 10 goal contributions in all competitions for the Magpies.

In our view, he would be an ideal replacement for Casemiro with similar attributes. He is in the peak of his career and may require little to no time to adapt with his league experience.

He would be a perfect partner for Kobbie Mainoo in United’s midfield going forward.

The Magpies are currently facing Financial Fair Play issues and may require a high-profile exit this summer, particularly if they are unable to qualify for European football.

Guimaraes has a buy-out clause worth £100m in his deal, but United have the chance to negotiate a lesser price or pay the same package with a long-term payment plan.

Stats from Transfermarkt.com & Sofascore.com