Bruno Guimaraes responds to Arsenal transfer interest and admits he is yet to discuss new Lyon contract

Bruno Guimaraes responds to Arsenal transfer interest and admits he is yet to discuss new Lyon contract

01/12/2022

ARSENAL target Bruno Guimaraes has insisted he is focussed on propelling Lyon up the Ligue 1 table.

But the Brazil international also admitted he is yet to discuss a new contract with his current employers.

The Gunners are understood to be eyeing the 24-year-old as they look to solve their current crisis in midfield.

Guimaraes is under contract in France until 2024 and signalled he soon expects his agent to pick up conversations over an extension.

He told Globo Esporte in Brazil: “It’s normal to be mentioned like this when you are an Olympic champion, have been called up for the national team and are performing well individually.

“But I don’t really like to think about it. I let my agent manage that.

“There has been a change in management. We talked about it briefly when (ex-sporting director) Juninho was at the club.

“When the time comes, we’ll talk about it again. The focus now is to move up the rankings and put Lyon in the correct position.”

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Guimaraes is top of a three-man shortlist to bolster Arsenal ranks in the middle of the park.

But a reported £38million deal could prove ‘too complicated’ and force boss Mikel Arteta to look elsewhere.

Juventus man Arthur Melo is reportedly on the wish-list while the third player remains unidentified.

Melo is a potential loan option after failing to settle at Juve following his whopping £66m move from Barcelona in June 2020.

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