Athletico Paranaense midfielder Bruno Guimaraes has revealed he is keen on making a move to Europe. The 22-year-old has been linked with a transfer to Chelsea and Arsenal in recent days, and when asked about his future by O Jogo (quotes via Fox Sports Brazil), he confirmed that there had been interest in him from Benfica and Atletico Madrid:
“Yes, there are a lot of clubs probing, like Benfica and Atletico Madrid. But so far, it’s just enquiries, let’s see what can happen. My priority is European football. We have to wait and see what happens officially, to decide the best for me and Athletico Paranaense.”
He was then pushed on whether he would be open to a switch to Benfica, and the Brazilian replied that it would be somewhere he would be keen to go:
“I want to play and evolve, and Benfica would be a good team for that. In addition, I also saw the interview that the president (Mario Celso Petraglia) gave about a possible partnership with Benfica. I will talk to him this week to find out what that can happen, to try to decide my future as soon as possible. I want to achieve many things in my career.”
Guimaraes is a holding midfielder, and may not be at the top of Chelsea’s list of priorities in the January transfer window. The Blues already have the likes of Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho and N’Golo Kante who can play similar roles.
Manager Frank Lampard is said to be focused on bringing in a striker and a winger next month, with the likes of Timo Werner and Jadon Sancho reportedly being considered.