Newcastle are busy trying to do a deal for Miguel Almiron, but as we pointed out earlier today, his club Atlanta United want at least €30M for their playmaker, and they have been saying that for a while.
Whether they will get that for him is another matter.
Atlanta don’t need to sell Almiron for the money and are willing to keep the player in the US if they don’t get a substantial offer for their playmaker.
€30M is about £27M and would smash by £10M the biggest transfer fee ever paid out by Newcastle for Michael Owen back in 2005.
But the news in the Chronicle is that Managing Director Lee Charnley is busy negotiating a deal with Atlanta officials which can then hopefully be executed on January 1st so that Almiron arrives at the earliest possible opportunity next month.
Newcastle have not made any firm offer for the Paraguayan forward.
This is what Atlanta President Darren Eales (shown above) has said:
“Unless it is something that is a really serious offer, we will not consider it.”
“The offer has to start with a 3 for me to consider it.”
Eales also said there have been no offers for the playmaker, but Newcastle are said to have an advantage over other clubs – and that comes from Miguel’s father, Ruben.
It’s also been reported the player is keen to join Rafa Benitez on Tyneside.
That begs the question of whether Rafa will still be at the club come July of next year.
Rafa Benitez will be observing very carefully the negotiations to see just how much ambition current owner Mike Ashley has for the club – and how much he is willing to spend of Newcastle’s money next month.
We assume it’s not much, especially with new potential owners reportedly trying to buy the club.
That alone could affect Newcastle’s ability to bring Almiron to Newcastle next month.
What do you think?