Report: Club now decide Arsenal and Tottenham target can go on loan
Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have received a big boost in their pursuit of Bruno Guimaraes, with Get French Football News reporting that Lyon would be open to an initial loan deal for the midfielder.
And they have apparently been joined in the race by their North London rivals. Calciomercato.it claimed that Spurs also want Guimaraes.
The midfielder has been outstanding in Ligue 1 this term. According to FB Ref, he leads the way in the league for progressive passes. And he is third for tackles won. So he certainly ticks a lot of boxes.
Previous reports suggested that Lyon’s £40 million asking price made a summer move more likely. However, it would appear that they are open to a compromise.
According to Get French Football News, Lyon will accept a fee that adds up to £37.6 million (€45 million). And they will also consider a loan that includes an obligation to buy for the same amount.
Bruno Guimaraes bid becomes a no-brainer for Arsenal and Tottenham
You can understand why Arsenal and Tottenham may have reservations about a £40 million move this month. Both clubs have been linked with a number of players. And that sort of fee would presumably eat up a large chunk of their budget.
The Telegraph reported that Spurs will largely rely on the loan market this month. In fact, they are keen to sign Adama Traore on a deal that will become permanent in the summer.
So learning that Guimaraes could move in a similar deal makes a bid a no-brainer for the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham.
Of course, the overall fee is the same. But taking Guimaraes on loan opens the door for both clubs to pursue more of their remaining January targets.
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