Explained: Why Arsenal missed out on Bruno Guimaraes

Alexis Malavolta, the agent of Bruno Guimaraes, explained why his agent chose Newcastle United over Juventus and Arsenal.

Guimaraes was heavily linked with moves to Arsenal and Juventus during the January transfer window and ended up signing with Newcastle United. Speaking to Toto Juventus, Alexis revealed that Bruno chose the Magpies team because he was focused on playing in the World Cup.

“There was a call from Juventus,” he confirmed to Toto Juventus.

“January, however, is such a short window to enter into negotiations, we couldn’t go long. We had to wait until the middle of the month to see any concrete moves.”

“Newcastle arrived, and they got serious. Bruno couldn’t wait another six months to decide his future at the World Cup.”

“In 2020, in the first window that followed the pandemic, we inquired if he could leave,” the agent continued.

“Bruno had just arrived in Lyon, and was already interested in Juventus, but the hypothesis of a loan with a refund option was rejected.”

“[Lyon sporting director] Juninho told me the president wouldn’t sell it until after an offer of £59m. That was very difficult during a global crisis.”

Bruno scored four goals while providing one assist for Newcastle in 13 matches.