Shocking ‘money’ theory emerge about Bruno Guimaraes - can Newcastle United keep him?

Newcastle United midfielder Bruno GuimaraesNewcastle United midfielder Bruno Guimaraes
Newcastle United midfielder Bruno Guimaraes | Getty Images
Bruno Guimaraes has a reported £100million release clause in his Newcastle United contract

Former Everton and Aston Villa supremo Keith Wyness believes “money talks” when it comes to Bruno Guimaraes’ future.

Newcastle United only tied the Brazilian down to a bumper five-year deal last October - worth a reported £180,000 per week. That is understood to have made Guimaraes the highest-paid player in the club’s history.

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However, a £100million release clause - active until June 30 - did little to quash the speculation. Manchester City and Arsenal are two Premier League clubs reportedly keeping tabs on his situation.

Speaking to Brazilian media, the midfielder insisted he is “happy” on Tyneside. Guimaraes said: “Look, my future, to be honest, is in God's hands. 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.”

But ex-Everton CEO Wyness has warned the Magpies that more cash elsewhere - and the lure of Champions League football - could turn his head. Newcastle missed out on European qualification because Manchester United won the FA Cup.

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“Newcastle will want to keep hold of as many as they can,” Wyness told Football Insider. “Maybe next year is the time for more rebuilding, rather than this year - they need stability.

“That’s where they will focus. However, without European football, some players may be drawn away. The players love it up in Tyneside with the fans and the atmosphere. It’s hard to leave but money talks.

“Some players will be offered Champions League football, like Bruno Guimaraes in particular. But I have a feeling they will stay for next season. There’s new blood coming through, and the rebuild will be gradual – but they’ve got the right plans in place.”

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