Newcastle have been linked with Atlanta United playmaker Miguel Almiron for over 18 months, and he has been a standout player in the MLS in the states.
The 24-year-old 12 times capped Paraguay International seems precisely the type of player Rafa is looking for – one who can both make goals and score goals and he is a creative player.
The Chronicle are reporting today that Steve Nickson, Head of Recruitment, is traveling to the US next week to start discussions with Atlanta United and his agent over his potential transfer to Newcastle in January.
Certainly, if Newcastle can land this player, he would be a great signing, and we assume Rafa will also be speaking to the player on the telephone when Stave is in Atlanta.
This could be promising because his agent Daniel Campos attended the Newcastle vs Bournemouth game.
But his reps also talked to Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, and West Ham when they were in England.
Miguel Almiron – talks with Atlanta to begin soon
The star’s agent Daniel Campos also spoke to La Liga clubs while there is also some interest from Serie A.
Miguel will not come cheap, and £25M is the price Atlanta want for their attacking midfielder, and that would break Newcastle’ record transfer fee of about £17M for Michael Owen back in 2005.
If we can get him into the club in January, Rafa may even be convinced that Mike Ashley will start supporting him in the transfer market.
Almiron and Atlanta are still in the MLS playoffs at the moment but would be available to travel to Newcastle and sign in early January if we can get a deal agreed.
Almiron is still involved in the MLS playoffs with his team winning the first semi-final leg 3-0 against the NY Red Bulls last Sunday in Atlanta: the second leg will be played tonight.
Almiron would be a stellar buy for Newcastle, and Mike Ashley must start bringing in top players for Rafa if the manager is to stay long-term on Tyneside.
Note: Three Newcastle fans are launching an unofficial children’s book – ABC with NUFC – this Friday.
The book is an A-Z of the great and the good of Newcastle United. They’re also launching a competition to win one of five copies of the book.
All you have to do is guess which trumpet playing former midfielder takes the letter Nn?
Here’s where you can try to win a book.