Bruno Guimaraes state of play - Pep Guardiola love-in, FFP dilemma, Newcastle United deadline & more

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Newcastle United placed a £100million release clause in Bruno Guimaraes’ contract last October - which is active until June 30

There are 18 days remaining for potential suitors to trigger Bruno Guimaraes’ release clause. Newcastle United bosses cunningly placed a June 30 deadline on the Brazilian’s £100million escape route to avoid a summer-long saga.

Rarely does a bumper five-year extension - which Guimaraes penned last October - trigger further speculation about a player’s future. However, that is exactly what happened, with Toon fans now enduring a nervous wait as the clock ticks down.

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Guimaraes has become a symbol of the post-takeover era; a player the club could never have signed under the previous regime and the driving force behind survival, Champions League qualification, a Wembley cup final and more. His bond with Newcastle supporters is unrivalled, with the 26-year-old harbouring the hope that better days are coming.

Losing him would be a blow - regardless of how a potential sale could alleviate FFP/PSR pressures. NewcastleWorld has profiled the current state of play ahead of a crunch few weeks for Guimaraes’ future.

‘I’m happy’ - Bruno G 

Guimaraes broke his silence while on international duty last week. Admittedly, whenever he has done so, the answers have been ambiguous.

From hints about needing European football to claiming he loves life on Tyneside, the midfielder has evoked uncertainty when grilled about his future. Once again, Guimaraes appeared to commit himself to Newcastle, with the caveat being that God will ultimately make the final decision.

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“Look, my future, to be honest, is in God's hands,” he said. “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. I don't know what can happen, we know everything about Financial Fair Play, but what I can say is that I feel happy.”

FFP conundrum

Ah, Guimaraes mentioned FFP, the thorn in Newcastle’s side since the Saudi-backed regime took charge. A hurdle for even those worth a staggering £700billion, preventing them from transforming the Magpies immediately into a European powerhouse.

Champions League revenue and lucrative sponsorship deals have created wiggle room to manoeuvre but Newcastle are still closer to the PSR bone than most clubs. Selling Guimaraes for £100million could “unlock” huge potential for incomings - but at what cost?

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After all, Newcastle have not won any of the eight Premier League games Guimaraes has not started since he made his full debut in March 2022. Club CEO Darren Eales hinted at potential exits when grilled by reporters in January.

"On any player, at any time, it depends on circumstances. It's difficult to hypothesise but, if we're offered £1bn for one of those players, then no one could argue against that making sense. Any decision we make will always be against the backdrop of the medium to long-term benefit for the club. 

“It's difficult to say specifically on certain players, but I can say that, if we're going to get to where we want to get to, at times it is necessary to trade your players. It is counter-intuitive and part of the inherent system of FFP/PSR that there is an incentive to trade your players if you want to re-invest, by the nature of the boundaries."

Pep Guardiola comments

Manchester City, unsurprisingly, is the club linked with signing Guimaraes more than any other. His work rate combined with South American flair appears tailor-made for Pep Guardiola’s possession-crazy side.

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The Spaniard directly hailed Guimaraes following City’s FA Cup triumph over Newcastle earlier this year. Various reports have also suggested Guardiola “loves” the Toon sensation.

“He is an exceptional holding midfielder,” Guardiola said in March. “He is aggressive, with the ball or without the ball. At set pieces, he’s aggressive and is a real, complete holding midfielder since being at Lyon and now at a club that wants to grow up and up. I’m sure he’s part of the project (at Newcastle) for the next few years.”

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