Newcastle United are close to agreeing a contract extension for midfielder Bruno Guimaraes, according to Fabrizio Romano.
There are still details to iron out, but there is an expectation that he will sign on the dotted line soon.
Since his arrival in January 2022 from Lyon for £40 million, the Brazilian has become a mainstay in Newcastle’s midfield.
He formed a terrific midfield partnership with fellow Brazilian Joelinton last season as the Magpies qualified for the Champions League.
Guimaraes made 32 Premier League appearances for the Tyneside club, bagging four goals and five assists.
The 25-year-old has become a fan favourite with his ability to anchor the midfield and push further forward.
Newcastle added Sandro Tonali to their midfield this summer to help the former Lyon man, but they have struggled, losing their last three matches before the international break.
They will hope that the break in club football will help rejuvenate the team as they look to compete on multiple fronts.
Guimaraes broke out at Athletico Paranaense in 2017. He built a reputation as a solid ball winner and distributor.
European clubs began to take notice of his talent, with Chelsea and Atletico Madrid jostling for his signature.
Atletico reportedly had the upper hand after striking a deal with Paranaense for Renan Lodi that allowed them to return for Guimaraes, but chose not to take the option.
Guimaraes signed for Lyon in January 2020 and had two stellar campaigns for the French club before the move to England.
Newcastle fans hope that Guimaraes will remain part of their team for years and help them overturn their poor start to the new season.
Newcastle need to find a way to kick on with the games coming thick and fast, and the matches are not particularly easy.
They were drawn into the proverbial group of death in the Champions League alongside Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund and AC Milan.
Newcastle welcome Brentford to St James’ Park next weekend before a trip to Italy three days later to face seven-time Champions League winners Milan at the iconic San Siro.
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