Newcastle United’s Isak, Guimaraes sale preference emerges amid Arsenal, Man City interest

There have been rumors circulating that Newcastle United has already decided between Alexander Isak and Bruno Guimaraes as the player they “would rather” sell this summer.

Since PIF, a Saudi-backed company, secured their acquisition of the Premier League club at the end of 2021, the Magpies have been active in the transfer market.

Due to ongoing Financial Fair Play concerns, Eddie Howe’s squad may have to liquidate certain high-priced assets this summer in order to reach a financial stability.

Newcastle might make a tidy profit this summer if they decide to sell Isak or Guimaraes, two of their star purchases during the PIF era.

This season, Isak—a Swedish international—has been sensational for Newcastle, scoring 17 goals in 24 Premier League games. After James’s side overcame Arsenal to sign Guimaraes in the January 2022 transfer window, he quickly became a fan favorite at St. James’ Park.

Which Newcastle United player should be sold—Isak or Guimaraes?
‘Newcastle need to bring in £30-50m to keep under the Premier League’s Profit & Sustainability Rules (PSR), but additional finances will be necessary if they are to also strengthen their squad.’ per 90min.

Among the two players, it is said that City are targeting the midfielder and that Arsenal is interested in both Guimaraes and Isak. However, Newcastle would like to trade Guimaraes.

The report elaborates on the rationale behind this decision and describes Guimaraes’ “verbal agreement” with Newcastle.

Newcastle are fiercely opposed to selling Isak, and their new sporting director, who is rumoured to be joining Manchester United, is not going to give a different opinion.

Isak, a 24-year-old, is considered an essential part of Eddie Howe’s team and the club’s overall project; he has scored 17 goals in the Premier League this season. He is a key player for the team’s success, and replacing him would be expensive and risky. Selling him would be a bad decision.

Although Newcastle would also like to retain Guimaraes, they will be unable to do so if the Brazilian’s £100 million release clause is activated.

A release provision was added in Guimaraes’ new five-year deal at St. James’ Park, which is not often seen for Newcastle. Even if 90min has learned of a verbal agreement that allows Guimaraes to speak with Champions League clubs, he will only accept offers that are more than £80 million, and he will not be released until such offers are met.

If Newcastle must cut ties with a player due to financial concerns, it will be better than selling multiple players for the same amount—many of whom will be difficult, if not impossible, to replace.

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