Is Lyon’s Bruno Guimaraes the midfielder Arsenal need?

There are rumours coming out of Brazil (El Globo) that Lyon are willing to sell their defensive midfielder Bruno Guimaraes for a price of 45m Euros (£38m million).

Arsenal have been linked with Guimaraes for the last two summers and now that he has completed two successful seasons in Ligue 1 there would be no surprise if the Gunners were still following his progress.

The Brazilian international is still only 24 so will fit into Arteta’s new strategy of buying talented but highly experienced youngsters, and if we could get him in early January he would be welcome cover for Elneny and Partey when they go off to AFCON next week, but deals are rarely done that quickly when it comes to Arsenal.

January will be a crucial month for Arsenal’s season with our FA Cup journey beginning, two League Cup semis against Liverpool and the North London Derby to boot, so Arteta must surely be looking intensely for another midfielder with our glut of games putting extra stress on the squad.

The DM admitted that he had had enquiries from Arsenal last summer when he told Globo again: “Arsenal approached my agent, but there was no offer. My aim, and I made it clear to Juninho, is to win a title with Lyon,” reported via the Metro.

“The fans have not had one for a long time. We have the Coupe de France, the Europa League and the league. It is difficult with the level that PSG are at, but anything can happen.”

“My aim is to win a title here, but I have never hidden my desire to play in the Premier League.”

Lyon have absolutely no chance in Ligue 1 as they are closer to the bottom than the top, but the French giants easily topped their Europa League ahead of Rangers in second, but I am sure that a team in the Top Four of the EPL would be very attractive to the Brazilian, as he admitted last summer.

Do you think he would fit in well under Arteta?

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13 Comments

  1. 03 gooner says:

    Should of signed him in the summer but can’t see us spending the quoted amount for him now after our summer expenditure. But a cheaper deal is possible, Mattias svanberg(most likely) will cost half that, Zakaria cut price deal and sanches will be a lot cheaper too.

  2. lugdush says:

    Is he any better than guendouzi?

    1. Dormanic Slater says:

      Yes, but I think we should rather go for the 21 year old Aurelian Tchouyameni from Monaco who would probably go for the same price. But he is 21 and he is better

  3. Wayne says:

    Too expensive. His transfer market value is only 25m pounds, yet they are demanding 38m pounds for him. There’s a better and higher ranked defensive midfielder, who is younger (but very experience) and cheaper like Boubacar Kamara. He is also versatile and can in several defensive positions. Kamara tmv is 22m pounds and his contract expires at the end of the season, so, Arsenal can get him for less than 38m pounds .

    1. Dominic Slater says:

      Not, higher ranked. Bruno is better in most facets that DM’s and CM’s are rated on. BK is just another Francis Coquelin. If not Bruno, than maybe Aurelian Tchouameni from Monaco or Nicholas Dominguez from Bologna.

  4. ACE says:

    BG would be an incredible signing of intent by
    AFC but sadly the necessary financial outlay is
    probably a little to steep for Kroenke and co.
    WTS it would be absolutely criminal if Edu and
    MA neglect to add quality depth to the midfield,
    regardless if AMN decides to stay and go. B
    Kamara, D Zakara and Renato Sanchez should
    be at the top of Arsenals shopping list and all
    three fit the player profile that Edu and MA covet.
    Considering there both out of contract this
    summer both Kamara and Zakaria could be had
    for around the same money as Bruno.

    It’s long past time for AFC to act like a big club
    and prove to the fans that CL futbol is a serious
    objective. A couple quality signings like DZ and
    BK would achieve just that

  5. CorporateMan says:

    I thoroughly liked the rumor about Arsenal trying to get Wijnaldum on loan for the rest of the season. That’s the kind of player who would perfectly cover for Partey with his PL experience.
    Getting him on loan would afford the club the time to sort out its transfer business in a more relaxed atmosphere during the summer

    1. Grandad says:

      Wijnaldum is the logical short term solution.

  6. guy says:

    Whilst ACE’s comments are a little ungracious and he needs a reality check when we’ve just spent £150m, I see that Lyon continue to overprice their players, and I’m not sure we can afford Zakaria or Renato S in January. I agree with CM and Grandad that a loan for Wijnaldum would be ideal.
    With AMN seemingly off Arteta/Edu certainly have something nailed down and I trust their instincts more than us laymen!

  7. AFCMickey says:

    Guimaeres is the new Aouar, Arsenal will play footsie with Lyon & nothing will happen… Arsenal should demand at least £12m for AMN, Roma wouldn’t pay enough for Xhaka & that’s why he’s at Arsenal(unfortunately), not Aouar!

    1. CorporateMan says:

      We didn’t get it right with AMN. I always thought we should have flogged him to Wolves when his value was up there.
      I’ve never considered him to have a future with Arsenal

  8. Longbenark says:

    Yves bisouma has been a revelation for Brighton, unfortunately Brighton would demand the world for his transfer,

    Arsenal need muscle, skill and pace as CM,CDM and AM,

    Wijnaldum on loan, buying Svanberg great

    1. Grandad says:

      He was excellent for Brighton last night.

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