LYON, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 12: Bruno Guimaraes of Olympique Lyon controls the ball during the Ligue 1 Uber Eats match between Lyon and Strasbourg at Groupama Stadium on September 12, 2021 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Marcio Machado/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)
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According to the Evening Standard, Everton and Newcastle are interested in signing Bruno Guimaraes, a player also wanted by Arsenal.

What’s the story?

Well, the Evening Standard believe Arsenal have tracked the 24-year-old for a few years now, and scouted him during his time at Athletico Paranaense.

Now, Mikel Arteta faces competition from Premier League rivals Everton and Newcastle as this transfer saga begins to hot up.

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Lyon signed the 6-cap Brazil international for £17m, although they are said to want a fee in the region of £40m if they are to sell their No.39.

The Evening Standard add that Everton and Newcastle have also scouted Guimaraes, who won a gold medal at the Olympic Games in 2021.

Lyon are struggling financially, so they could be receptive to offers this month.

However, the Evening Standard claim the Ligue 1 side would ideally like to keep the South American for the rest of the season, at least.

What could Bruno Guimaraes offer Arsenal, Everton or Newcastle?

Paris Saint-Germain's French forward Kylian Mbappe (L) challenges Lyon's Brazilian midfielder Bruno Guimaraes during the French L1 football match between Paris-Saint Germain (PSG) and Olympique Lyonnais at The Parc des Princes Stadium in Paris on September 19, 2021. (Photo by Alain JOCARD / AFP) (Photo by ALAIN JOCARD/AFP via Getty Images)
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You may not have heard of Guimaraes, and if that is the case, a comparison to a better known player may be welcomed.

Interestingly, the Rio de Janeiro-born midfielder has been likened to Kevin De Bruyne by Tite.

The Brazilian national team head coach told France Football: “We currently lack a midfielder. A player like Falcao in the past or like De Bruyne today, someone able to bring more creativity, speed. Bruno Guimaraes has enormous potential and can be that player.”

BRENTFORD, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 29: Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City applauds during the Premier League match between Brentford  and  Manchester City at Brentford Community Stadium on December 29, 2021 in Brentford, England. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
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So far this season, Guimaraes has failed to score in 22 appearances, although he does have five assists to his name.

In truth, as a deep-lying playmaker, the Brazilian doesn’t venture into the final third often – he has only scored ten goals in 152 games throughout his career.

Keep an eye on this saga, as the Evening Standard believe Everton and Newcastle are likely to react if Arsenal make a bid.

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