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Lyon have had an opening €17m bid for Bruno Guimarães rebuffed

Our colleagues at Foot Mercato report that Lyon have had an opening bid for 22-year-old defensive midfielder Bruno Guimarães rejected by Athletico Paranaense.

The proposal is said to have been €17m, the Brazilian side wants at least €20m and would like to retain part of the ownership rights to the player, which is complicating their negotiations with other interested parties including Arsenal and Benfica.

To gain 100% ownership of Guimarães, the outlet speculates that a club would have to spend €40m.

It is not currently clear whether LFP rules would allow OL to buy Guimarães without owning the totality of the player’s economic rights.

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