Liverpool must make Bruno Guimaraes clause decision as transfer deadline nears

Bruno Guimarães of Newcastle
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Liverpool have only one month remaining to activate the £100m release clause for Newcastle United midfielder Bruno Guimaraes.

Guimaraes, who is under contract at St James' Park until 2028, agreed to this exit agreement when signing a new deal with the Magpies back in October and has presented an opportunity for major European clubs to secure his services this summer. Liverpool are among the sides to have been linked with the Brazilian, who has been a major hit on Tyneside since arriving from Lyon in January 2022.

In a bid to fend off interest from Premier League teams and others such as Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, Newcastle tied Guimaraes down to a new deal that included a release clause that will expire on June 30.

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It is believed this clause is payable in three instalments, ensuring the Reds would only have to pay just over £30m this summer if they decided to trigger it. The existence of the hidden £100m fee is something that was confirmed by Newcastle boss Eddie Howe at the end of last month.

"Having that was well planned and structured in the sense that there’s a finish point,” he said. “We don’t want a summer of speculation. I don’t think that would be healthy for the player or for us.”

The Brazilian is a player the Reds are huge admirers of, as previously reported by the ECHO, though a deal for Guimaraes was viewed as somewhat of a non-starter last summer.

Things may well have changed on that front following the news Newcastle reported losses of £73.4million earlier this year when announcing their latest financial results. There is now the real possibility that the Magpies may be forced to sell one of their prized assets in order to ease concerns over Financial Fair Play.

Guimaraes could be one player sacrificed by the club as they attempt to raise funds during the summer transfer window, as much as they would love to keep him as part of their first-team squad.