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What an opportunity missed as report claims Wolves 'courted' Bruno Guimaraes

Wolves reportedly ‘courted’ Bruno Guimaraes, before the star completed a January move to Newcastle United.

The Athletic have produced a report in which they claim the Brazilian had been on Wanderers’ radar.

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The 24-year-old had been really impressing over in Ligue 1 with Lyon.

The star had been carving out a reputation as being one of the division’s best players, and one of the most promising midfielders in Europe.

He had also been attracting attention from Arsenal, but it was Newcastle who would ultimately win the race for the South American.

Fresh from being taken over in October, the Magpies landed Guimaraes for just under £42 million all-in (Lyon official).

And the deal is already proving to be a sensational bit of business for them.

Guimaraes was initially kept on the bench quite a bit by Eddie Howe, in a move seemingly designed to help the player study the Premier League.

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In the last couple of months though, Guimaraes has featured more prominently, and shown his class at nearly very turn.

His amazing form comes at a time when Wolves are in perhaps their worst moment of the season.

Wanderers saw his quality first-hand when he ran the show when the two teams met last month at St. James’ Park.

Who knows how close Wolves actually came to landing Guimaraes, if at all.

But this claim from The Athletic is certainly one many Wolves fans will not wish to dwell on.

An opportunity missed as report claims Wolves courted Bruno Guimaraes

Wolves have been crying out for a quality midfield addition for some time now.

Wanderers have not brought anybody in since Leander Dendoncker in 2019 after his initial season-long loan.

Wolves did have Vitinha last term, but that was only a loan which the club opted not to turn permanent.

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Guimaraes looks like a very special talent. Indeed, Magpies boss Howe said of him just a month after joining (BBC Newcastle): “(He’s) An outstanding technician, very very comfortable on the ball. He’s got a creative eye, and a very calm player in possession.

Given how much he cost Newcastle, it’s unlikely Wolves ever really stood a genuine chance to land him.

But it’s certainly hard not to think about how much he would have improved Bruno Lage’s side.