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Report: Benitez and Newcastle in battle with Arsenal to sign £40m midfielder
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Report: Benitez and Newcastle in battle with Arsenal to sign £40m midfielder

Arsenal are likely to face competition from Everton and Newcastle United should they make a move for Bruno Guimaraes, according to a report from the Evening Standard.

Guimaraes has established himself as one of the most impressive holding midfielders in Europe following his move to Lyon two years ago.

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Arsenal have been linked with the Brazil international for a little while now. And the Evening Standard suggests that the Gunners do indeed want the 24-year-old.

However, they are not the only Premier League side eyeing a move. The Evening Standard adds that both Everton and Newcastle have been monitoring him.

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Lyon are likely to demand around £40 million for Guimaraes. But they are apparently hoping to keep him in Ligue 1 for the rest of the season. It is noted however, that they are not in the best financial position.

Arsenal must be favourites for Bruno Guimaraes despite Everton and Newcastle interest

Guimaraes certainly looks to have the potential to be a huge success in the Premier League. Only four players have won more tackles in Ligue 1 than him, according to FB Ref.

But he is also able to make an impact further forward. He has provided five assists in the top-flight and Europa League. And no Lyon player has made a greater number of key passes this term (FB Ref).

He would be an exciting signing for any of his admirers. But it would certainly appear that Arsenal are in the strongest position.

There is an opportunity for a new signing to stamp their authority on a place in the Gunners midfield. And clearly, they are the side who are most likely to be able to offer European football next term.

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