Mitchel Bakker: Newcastle United in talks with Bayern Leverkusen over deal for left-back

Bayer Leverkusen left-back Mitchel Bakker is available for around £16m, providing the Bundesliga club can find a replacement; Newcastle have been trying to recruit in that position throughout the January transfer window, but negotiations for Bakker could continue until Deadline Day

Mitchel Bakker
Image: Mitchel Bakker has made 13 appearances in the Bundesliga this season

Newcastle United are in talks with Bayer Leverkusen over a deal for left-back Mitchel Bakker.

The 21-year-old is available for around £16m, providing Leverkusen can find a replacement.

Newcastle have been trying to recruit in that position throughout the January transfer window, but negotiations for Bakker could continue until Deadline Day.

Bakker started his career at Ajax and made his debut for the club in 2018, before moving to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2019.

He made 45 appearances for PSG before moving to Leverkusen last year, where he has scored one goal and registered three assists in 13 Bundesliga appearances so far this season.

Newcastle agree Guimaraes fee, target Burn

Bruno Guimaraes and Dan Burn
Image: Newcastle are hoping to secure deals for Lyon midfielder Bruno Guimaraes and Brighton defender Dan Burn

Newcastle have agreed a fee with Lyon in the region of £30m to sign midfielder Bruno Guimaraes and are also targeting a deal to sign Brighton defender Dan Burn.

It is understood Brazil international Guimaraes was set to undergo a medical in his homeland on Wednesday. However, Lyon have released a statement denying an agreement has been reached.

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A statement said: "Olympique Lyonnais categorically denies the false information disseminated by many media reporting an agreement between Newcastle and OL for the transfer of Brazilian international midfielder Bruno Guimaraes.

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The Transfer Show discuss which club Guimaraes could end up at following a statement from Lyon denying an agreement with Newcastle has been reached

"In this transfer window period where the slightest rumour is often presented as reality, Olympique Lyonnais reminds that only information officially released by the club is to be taken into consideration."

It is not the first time Lyon have issued such a denial over a transfer. In 2019, the club denied they had agreed to sell Ferland Mendy to Real Madrid. Eight days later, the left-back completed a move to the Bernabeu.

Brighton and Hove Albion's Dan Burn during the Premier League match at Selhurst Park, London. Picture date: Monday September 27, 2021.
Image: Burn has made 16 appearances in all competitions for Brighton this season

Newcastle also want to sign Brighton's Burn, with one source telling Sky Sports News they have already made a £7m bid.

Burn - a boyhood Newcastle fan born in nearby Blyth - is now a top target with less than seven days left of the window.

The 29-year-old has entered the final 18 months of his Brighton contract. The 6ft 7in defender, who joined Brighton from Wigan in 2018, can also play left-back.

Why Newcastle made move for Guimaraes

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After Newcastle agreed a fee for Lyon midfielder Guimaraes, Anton Toloui explains what fans can expect to see from him

Arsenal were among a number of clubs interested in signing Guimaraes, who has also been watched closely by Manchester United and PSG, but Eddie Howe's side look to be closing in on the 24-year-old's signature.

Guimaraes has made 25 appearances in all competitions for Lyon this season, registering six assists. He has three caps for the Brazil national team.

Sky Sports News' Anton Toloui: "Bruno Guimaraes is a deep-lying midfielder, technically gifted, exceptional passer, and has brilliant ball retention. You'll find very few players better at keeping the ball and passing the ball forward.

"He's also a really hard worker which is an element of his game that is massively underappreciated. For example at Lyon this season, he's covered more ground per game than any other player in that squad, so he really does put the work in as well.

"He's playing the best football of his career at Lyon and is another player who has improved season upon season."

      What type of player is Guimaraes?

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      South American football expert Tim Vickery says reports in Brazil suggest Bruno Guimaraes wants a move to Newcastle.

      South American football expert Tim Vickery told Sky Sports:

      "There are two stumbling blocks at the moment. One is the terms of payments - that will still have to be finalised. But the big one is, what does the player want?

      "Would he be happy to trade playing at the top of the league in France and European football for near the bottom of the table in the Premier League?

      "It's probably to Newcastle's advantage at the moment that Bruno Guimaraes is with the Brazil team - they play tonight against Ecuador. There's no way Brazilians can really know what a big club Newcastle are.

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      "They're sleeping giants, so with the Brazil squad he is surrounded by Premier League players, and I'm sure he's pumping them for information.

      "What's being reported now in Brazil is that he would like this move to Newcastle. First of all, he's a big character. When people look around and see he's in the dressing room, that's good news if you're at the bottom of the table. He steps up and is not afraid of it.

      "He's also very versatile. He's got a good engine and is very competitive. The minus is that it's a lot of money, which is not Newcastle's biggest problem at the moment and also for a really top-class midfielder, you wonder if he moves the ball quick enough.

      "He's developing, he's ambitious and intelligent. I feel he's got a lot to offer."

      Newcastle giving up hope on Lingard

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      Image: Newcastle and Manchester United are a long way apart on a loan fee valuation for Jesse Lingard

      Newcastle have all but given up hope of signing Jesse Lingard.

      The issue centres around the loan fee with Newcastle and Manchester United a long way apart on this valuation, with one source telling Sky Sports News the deal is now dead.

      Newcastle were prepared to pay a fee for Lingard as well as the player's full wages, and had been pushing hard to sign the England international before the end of the January transfer window.

      Lingard himself has no intention of remaining at Old Trafford and was keen to go somewhere where he could play regular football.

      Newcastle are now expected to look elsewhere for attacking reinforcements.

      Lingard can leave for free in the summer and has no intention of remaining at Old Trafford beyond this season.

      Newcastle must pay €45m (£37.7m) to sign Carlos

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      Kaveh Solhekol says Newcastle and Sevilla are at a stand off over the fee for Brazilian defender Diego Carlos

      Meanwhile, Newcastle will be able to sign Diego Carlos if they offer Sevilla €45m (£37.7m) for the centre-back.

      Carlos has turned down the offer of a new contract at Sevilla and would like to move to Newcastle, as Sky Sports News reported last week, but the Premier League club are currently refusing to pay more than about €30m (£25.1m).

      Sevilla, who are currently second in La Liga and chasing their first title in 75 years, offered to almost double Carlos' wages to match what he is being offered by Newcastle.

      Sevilla consider €45m to be a fair price for a world-class defender who has been watched closely by Real Madrid, Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal.

      They feel that if Newcastle were willing to spend £25m on 31-year-old Burnley forward Chris Wood then €45m is a fair price for Carlos.

      However, it is thought Newcastle were initially informed the player would be available for around €30m and are beginning to feel that whatever they offer, Sevilla will continue to stall. Because of that, they are now looking elsewhere for defensive reinforcements.

      Carlos, for his part, is still hoping Sevilla can agree on terms for him to move to Newcastle but is aware that time is running out to complete any deal.

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