Newcastle United have completed the signing of midfielder Bruno Guimaraes from Lyon, the club announced on Sunday, their third signing since being taken over by a consortium led by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund in October.
The move for Guimaraes follows the arrivals on defender Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid and striker Chris Wood from Burnley.
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The club said in a statement: “Newcastle United are delighted to confirm the signing of Brazil international Bruno Guimaraes on a four-and-a-half-year deal.
“The 24-year-old midfielder joins the Magpies for an undisclosed fee from Lyon, where he has been one of the outstanding performers in Ligue 1 over the past two seasons, and will wear shirt No. 39 — the number of the taxi once driven by his father.”
Sources have told ESPN that Newcastle offered Guimaraes a £120,000-a-week contract — four times his wage at Lyon.
Guimaraes began his career at Atletico Paranaense before joining Lyon in January 2020 for €21.5 million ($24m).
The midfielder also has three international caps for Brazil and has been away with Tite’s squad for their World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador and Paraguay.