Transfer gossip: Man City linked with Bruno as Man Utd enter race for Real star

Ian Watson
Newcastle vs Brentford

Manchester City are being mentioned as possible suitors for Newcastle’s latest idol, while Marco Asensio is being linked with Manchester United again…


It’s been a big few days for Bruno Guimaraes. The Newcastle midfielder enjoyed ‘one of the best days of my life’ on Saturday when he toyed with Brentford while bagging a brace. Then he earned rich praise from Roy Keane on Monday night at the start of a week in which his child is due to be born.

Amid all that come links with Manchester City. The Daily Mail declares the champions to be ‘the most realistic danger for Newcastle’ if they want to retain the Brazilian long-term. Which we assume they do.

Bruno has already discussed interest from Real Madrid – ‘the best team in the world’ – and Barca’s name is thrown around too. But the Magpies are under no obligation to sell and there are no release clauses to worry about in a contract that keeps the midfielder tied to the club until 2026.


There is rather greater urgency around Marco Asensio, with the Real Madrid attacker approaching the expiry of his Real Madrid contract at the end of the season.

Asensio has been linked with Barcelona, as every potential free-agent tends to be these days. Reports of a pre-contract agreement with Barca have been denied but, in the process, Asensio may have burned his bridges at the Bernabeu.

According to Todo Fichajes, the 26-year-old is more open to a renewal at Real than he was, but the club’s patience has been stretched close to breaking point and they have yet to decide if they will make a suitable offer. If they choose to cut him loose, then Manchester United have apparently entered the running ‘with force’ to take the Spain international for a knockdown fee in January.


Rafael Leao’s contract is also ticking down. Too fast for AC Milan…

The reigning Serie A Player of the Season has a season and a half left to run on his deal at the San Siro, with Milan keen to agree an extension and improved terms for the Portugal forward.

Leao, though, knows he has plenty of options. Chelsea have been jostling for position at the front of the queue if the 23-year-old opts for a new challenge, but PSG are also loitering with intent.

According to Media Foot, the Parisians are prepared to pay the £132million release clause in Leao’s current deal. There is only a small window, however, with the clause reportedly only active in the first fortnight of July next year. Upon which point the player will have entered the final year of his agreement with Milan and anyone, even PSG, would be barmy to cough up such an amount for a player so close to being a free-agent.

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