Four players Newcastle can sign if Barcelona deal big blow with Bruno Guimaraes raid

Newcastle were one of the surprises of the season as they secured Champions League football under Eddie Howe, with their progression exceeding expectations. However, their development could be handed a hammer blow due to Barcelona’s pursuit of midfielder Bruno Guimaraes.

The Brazil international has shone in the heart of the Magpies’ midfield this season, scoring four and assisting five in 32 appearances. The 25-year-old formed a rock-solid partnership with Joelinton in midfield, which has attracted the interest of Barcelona, according to The Times.

The La Liga outfit believe that Guimaraes could see them reclaim their status as one of the top European sides. A bid in the region of £87million is expected to test the resolve of Newcastle and they are looking at potential replacements just in case an offer arrives.

Express Sport takes a look at four potential replacements…

James Maddison

With their relegation now confirmed, the raid of Leicester City is now imminent. James Maddison has been admired at St James’ Park for several seasons, and they could finally land their top target in the coming months. The England international is keen to leave the Foxes and could provide the creative spark in Newcastle’s midfield to be able to compete on the European stage.

Youri Tielemans

Although he would not come at a cost, Youri Tielemans fees could be financed easily by the departure of Guimaraes whilst also replacing him. The Belgium international will become a free agent this summer after running down his contract at Leicester, and he won’t be short of options when he decides to put pen to paper on a contract elsewhere.

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