Liverpool handed transfer challenge after £100m release clause included in new deal

Liverpool-linked Bruno Guimaraes has reportedly agreed a new five-year contract with Newcastle United - which will include a release clause in the region of £100m.

The 25-year-old Brazil international made the move to St James' Park in January 2022, just months after a Saudi-backed consortium had taken over the club, and was instrumental in the Magpies ending their 20-year-old exile from the Champions League as they secured a fourth-place finish in the Premier League ahead of Liverpool in May.

According to Fabrizio Romano, Newcastle have agreed to extend the midfielder's contract, which is due to expire in June 2026, but have included a release clause in the "region of £100m", with the Reds and Real Madrid both heavily linked with a move for Guimaraes in 2023.

Liverpool's interest is said to predate his move to the North East in 2022, though, with Sky Sports reporter Melissa Reddy previously explaining how they had tracked the progress of Guimaraes during his two-year stint with Ligue 1 giants Lyon.

Speaking to the Anfield Wrap in August 2022, Reddy was asked which type of midfielders the club's recruitment staff were keeping their eye on

"If there was a blank canvas, if availability wasn't an issue - it would be Bruno Guimaraes at Newcastle," said Reddy of the ideal profile to join to Jurgen Klopp's side. "Somebody at [Manchester] City said similar, they can't believe Newcastle got that deal - they think that's going to look like an absolute steal and it already is."

Yet despite adding Alexis Mac Allister, Dominik Szoboszlai, Wataru Endo and Ryan Gravenberch to the Anfield ranks during the off-season, it was claimed Liverpool had an offer of £100m rejected by Newcastle for Guimaraes in the final days of the transfer window.

That was according to Spanish publication AS, who claim the Reds' offer was met with a "resounding no" by St James' Park chiefs, with the club preparing for their first Champions League campaign in 20 years.

Fast forward less than a month later and the news that the Brazilian's deal at St James' Park is set to include a release clause has done little to reassure Magpies supporters that Guimaraes is in it for the long haul in the North East.


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