Arsenal joined by Everton in Bruno Guimaraes transfer fight as Prem rivals track 24-year-old Lyon midfielder

EVERTON have joined Arsenal in the race to sign highly rated Lyon midfielder Bruno Guimaraes, according to reports.

The Brazilian's form in France has attracted interest from a host of top clubs from across Europe.

In fact, Arsenal have been tracking Guimaraes for a couple of years now, and were even tracking him when he was playing for Athletico Paranaense in his native country.

But according to the Evening Standard, both Everton and Newcastle have joined the Gunners in the race to sign the 24-year-old.

Both Everton and Newcastle have started the winter window strong.

Rafa Benitez has brought two new defenders through the door, whilst the Magpies are set to complete the signing of England international Kieran Trippier in the coming days.

The report states that, if Arsenal make the first move for Guimaraes with a firm offer, they're likely to face stiff competition from their fellow Premier League clubs.

Lyon are however, reluctant to let one of their prized assets leave mid-season.

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The french outfit are under financial pressure, but should be able to hold off selling players in the January transfer window.

It is believed it would take a bid of around £40million to land Guimaraes.

That would leave Lyon with an over £20m profit having paid £17m for him in early 2020.

However, Paranaense are due a slice of any future fee, with the club believed to have a 20 per cent sell-on clause.

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