Newcastle Reported After Exciting Number 10 Paraguay International

Newcastle have been linked with 12 times capped Paraguay International Miguel Almiron who currently plays in the MLS over here in the US with Atlanta United.

The 24-year-old central attacking midfielder joined the new Major League Soccer expansion club Atlanta United in December 2016 and at that time was designated a “Young Designated Player”.

He joined Atlanta from Argentine club Atletico Lanus for a fee of $8M (£6.2M).

Miguel Almiron in action for MLS All-Stars against Real Madrid

Here’s the tweet put out by Guardian Sports deputy news editor Ed Aarons.

This is not the first time we have been linked with the midfielder and there was news of Newcastle’s interest last January.

But surely he would be somewhat of a risk at a transfer fee reckoned to be close to £20M.

The 24-year-old can play in the number 10 role and could fit the bill if Rafa Benitez really rates the Paraguayan.

Newcastle have had trouble buying any player whose value approaches £20M and it looks like owner Mike Ashley is again being very tight with the purse-strings.

So what’s new?

The youngster played for the Paraguay U20 national team in the 2013 South American Youth Football Championship when his country finished second to Colombia and he was a star player in that tournament.

He made his senior international debut for Paraguay back in September 2015, and so far has 12 caps having played in both the Copa America Centenario and 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying tournament.

Almiron last season scored 8 goals and had 11 assists for Atlanta United.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • ToonRich

    Jul 19, 2018 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #1

    Someone correct me here…but shouldnt the SKY money be seen as ‘generated by the club’ and therefore should be fully available to Rafa??!

  • lesh

    Jul 19, 2018 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #2

    West Ham again? How many players do they want us taxpayers to subsidise?


    Ashley, though BIshop, is a master at the art of using ambiguous language that’s designed to issue one message but mean another as it suits.


    You asked whether Ashley’s keeping funds out of Rafa’s hands purposefully, thinking he could give the money (or a usable striker) to Rafa’s replacement? Short answer, probably!

    Why? Because the greedy controlling bustard’s prepared, yet again, to gamble that Rafa avoids relegation rather than take a sensible approach to running the club as advocated by one of the world’s best managers.

  • NezzaNUFC

    Jul 19, 2018 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #3

    Always Newcastle and West ham!

    So this is rubbish!

  • lesh

    Jul 19, 2018 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #4

    Jiblets/ Jane/ Trump or whoever you choose to be today

    We await your defence of Ashley, with interest

  • Munster Mag

    Jul 19, 2018 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #5

    Love to see arma do it but never felt he fitted the mould of the furthest attacker. Not sure how he it’s the 3 behind either. He is quite quick but I thought his marker at St pats was just as fast. Could be wrong on that but think so. Muto looked like a footballer when I saw him in TV. Decent touch, no slouch, looked like he knew what he was doing. I think rondon would suffice for us. An obvious upgrade, even if we want more

  • geordiesteve520

    Jul 19, 2018 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #6

    I lived in Atlanta for a few years and have mates out there who have raved about this lad so far. Big step up but lots of promise

  • Geordie-john

    Jul 19, 2018 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #7

    Even if we get £30M for the 3 players set to leave Rafa will be lucky to see half of it. Look back at all of the transfers done over the Cashley years. I think everyone has seen a profit comparing in’s and out’s of players yet the club is still in debt ? How can this be ? Capacity crowds every home game. Never in a million years should this club have negative financial deficit ! This Fat GREEDY COCK-ney twat is stripping as much as possible from the club until it’s sold for a massive price no doubt.

  • toonluvva

    Jul 19, 2018 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #8

    I still wonder if the policy of NUFC is to delay the sale of players until the last minute so as to force Rafa’s hand.

    Mr Ashley is mistaking our manager for some sort of SportsDirect wage slave. Rafa will be able to pick and choose his next job come the end of this season.


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