Why Chelsea should firm up their interest in wonder kid Bruno Guimaraes
Chelsea had their scouts in attendance, as the 21-year-old defensive midfielder scored the only goal in Athletico Paranaense’s 1-0 victory over Internacional in the first leg of the Copa do Brasil final. (h/t Sun)
The Blues are yet to enter into any formal negotiations with Athletico Paranaense over a potential deal for the Rio de Janeiro-born starlet but it is understood that the 21-year-old has a release clause of £36 million in his current contract.
Chelsea are currently placed under a two-window transfer embargo imposed by FIFA for flouting regulations relating to the transfer of underage players and any move for Guimaraes would depend solely on the verdict of the club’s appeal over the transfer ban.
Guimaraes, who has a contract at Athletico Paranaense until 2023, has made a total of 23 appearances for his club in all competitions thus far in the ongoing campaign, registering 4 goals and 2 assists in the process.
The 21-year-old made his debut in the Brazilian top-flight in 2017 after joining Athletico from lower-division club Audax and has accumulated a total of 72 appearances in all competitions till date, scoring 7 and creating another 4.
A holding midfielder by trade, Bruno Guimaraes is yet to represent Brazil at any age group or at the senior international level but he has earned rave reviews for his well-rounded abilities in the middle of the park and his consistently impressive displays haven’t eluded the eyes of the scouts.
Regarded as somewhat of a late bloomer, a move to Europe now seems imminent for the 21-year-old, with Chelsea, Napoli, Inter Milan, Lille and Shakhtar Donetsk all hot on his trail. (h/t Sun)
To put things into perspective, Bruno Guimaraes is still quite young and, while he is not really the finished article just yet, Chelsea have every reason to look at him as someone who could evolve into a top professional at Stamford Bridge in the years to come and propel the club to greater heights.
The Premier League has often proven to be an unforgiving platform for South American starlets over the years due to its highly competitive and physical nature and Guimaraes, too, might struggle to acclimatise to his new surroundings should a move to Chelsea materialize next summer.
Indeed, there is always an element of risk involved in such transfer dealings but if Chelsea are convinced of his abilities and firmly believe that Guimaraes is good enough to thrive in English football, they shouldn’t hesitate to make a move for him.
The Blues have the likes of Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic as options in central midfield but that shouldn’t stop them from pursuing an interest in Bruno Guimaraes, who is amongst the top emerging talents in Brazil.
The Brazilian still has plenty of time on his side to add more to his repertoire of skills and, with the fountain of youth beginning to flow at Stamford Bridge under Frank Lampard, the Blues might just want to add another exciting prospect to their pool of highly-talented homegrown talents.
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That said, Chelsea should continue to keep a close eye on the youngster’s development and pounce on the opportunity to snap him up once they have their transfer ban lifted.