Newcastle United’s Bruno Guimaraes has only played 27 games for the club since arriving from Lyon, and he has been so impressive that he is now a target of Barcelona.
Guimaraes, 24, spent three seasons at Lyon before Newcastle secured his services in a £40m deal in January.
He scored five goals in just 11 starts last Premier League campaign and has added two goals and two assists this season, keeping Newcastle unbeaten in 10 appearances.
The Brazil international, with eight senior caps to his name, is a key part of why Newcastle currently sit fourth in the Premier League table, but will now reportedly have to fend off interest from Barca.
Barcelona have officially moved on from their pursuit of Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva and are instead turning their attention to Newcastle’s Guimaraes, according to The Sun.
The report claims that Barcelona have been ‘cashed out’ of a move for Silva after City slapped an £80million price tag on him, and Guimaraes certainly wouldn’t come cheap.
With his contract tying him to Newcastle until 2026, they will need a huge bid to land the 24-year-old.
While their spending spree will eventually need to be offset by some sales, the Magpies are said to be offering Guimaraes a new contract that will pay him £200,000-a-week to put to sleep any questions about his future.