Former Man Utd man tips Newcastle United transfer exit

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Latest Newcastle United news during the January transfer window involves Manchester United.

Former Manchester United and Everton star Louis Saha believes Newcastle United face a major battle to retain the services of Bruno Guimaraes.

The Brazil international has become an integral figure within Eddie Howe's squad since joining the Magpies from Liege 1 club Lyon in a £40m deal during the January 2022 transfer window. Guimaraes was part of a transformative period at St. James' Park as United’s PIF-led owners made the most of their first transfer window to strengthen the squad for what would become a successful battle against relegation from the Premier League.

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After easing into life in England by scoring five goals and providing one assist in his first 17 appearances for Newcastle, Guimaraes enjoyed a stunning first full season on Tyneside, helping the Magpies secure a return to the Champions League and reach their first major cup final in 24 years.

The 26-year-old has continued to be linked with a move away from Newcastle, despite putting pen-to-paper on a new deal in October that has committed him to the Magpies until the summer of 2028. A reported release clause of £100m has sparked suggestions the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and PSG are all keen to tempt the Brazilian midfielder away - and former Sunderland striker Saha is not surprised he has admirers at the top table of European football.

He told Paddy Power: “I used to follow Bruno Guimarães when he was in France – I can understand why a lot of teams, not only in the Premier League, are looking at him. He is a player with energy, aggressiveness and very strong. 

 “I love his attitude and skills; he gets himself in really good spots. He is consistent – he knows how to gel the team together and has been vital in helping other players to understand their role in the team. I don’t think that he will stay at Newcastle for too long because a lot of teams will look at ways they can get him in their squad. Every team needs a central midfielder of his type – he’s a number 10, number 8 and number 6, I don’t know how he does it.”

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