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Explained: Why Arsenal missed out on Bruno Guimaraes



Bruno Guimaraes’ agent Alexis Malavolta has explained why his agent chose Newcastle United over Juventus and Arsenal. 

Guimaraes was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal and Juventus during the January transfer window and ended up signing for Newcastle United. Speaking to Tutto Juve, Alexis has revealed Bruno picked the Magpies because he was focused on playing at the World Cup. 

“There was contact from Juventus,” he confirmed to Tutto Juve.

“The month of January, however, is a short window to enter into negotiations, we couldn’t go too long. We had to wait until the middle of the month to see any concrete movements.”

“Newcastle arrived, and they got serious. Bruno couldn’t wait another six months to decide his future in a World Cup year.”

“In 2020, in the first window following the pandemic, we inquired to see if he could leave,” the agent continued.

“Bruno had just arrived at Lyon, he was already interested in Juve, but the hypothesis of a loan with a redemption option was dismissed.”

“[Lyon sporting director] Juninho told me that the president would sell him only after an offer of £59million. That was very difficult during a global crisis.”

Bruno has scored four goals while providing a single assist for Newcastle in 13 appearances. 

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