Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has suggested he hopes to complete the signing of Athletico Paranaense midfielder Bruno Guimaraes before the end of the January transfer window.
The French outfit has already wrapped up the signing of striker Karl Toko-Emabi on loan from Villarreal this month. Aulas was asked about the prospect of signing Guimaraes following Tuesday’s penalty shootout win over Lille in the Coupe de France semi-finals, per the official Ligue 1 website:
"As long as his contract hasn't been signed, we have to have several leads that allow us to have an alternative. There's one in England and one, indeed, in Brazil. Even though he's currently in Colombia with the national team. We're chasing two players, but we'll only be taking one of them.”
Guimaraes, 22, is currently away with Brazil’s under-23 side at the CONMEBOL Pre-Olympic Tournament, where he has played the full 90 minutes in each of their group wins over Peru and Paraguay.
Aulas added that both of those targets were “excellent players,” a hint at the high regard he holds for the potential new arrivals to Groupama Stadium.
Guimaraes made his Paranaense debut in June 2017 and has gone on to make 84 total appearances for the club, earning links with some of Europe’s heavyweights.
Lyon—who sit seventh in Ligue 1—lost star attacker Memphis Depay to a serious knee injury earlier in the campaign and appear ready to invest in the squad to resurrect their campaign.
Guimaraes may struggle to complete a transfer this month considering his participation with Brazil’s under-23s, though Aulas’ comments suggest his arrival in France may be on the cards.