Atlanta United President Darren Eales has talked about what he calls the good hard negotiations with Newcastle United over the transfer of their star player Miguel Almiron.
The talks opened in early December but it wasn’t until the final day of the transfer window last month that he was eventually signed.
The fee is for an initial £16M and almost another £4.5M based on how Miguel performs in a Newcastle United shirt.
We are confident he will be Newcastle’s record signing.
Chelmsford-born Atlanta President Darren Eales
But there again Mike Ashley may bring in a £25M player in the summer – so the record may not last long.
Eales says that he had expected the negotiations to be difficult given Mike Ashley’s track record at Newcastle (a miser).
This is what Darren Eales has said:
“We were always pretty firm about the figure we wanted.”
“We knew there was an interest at that level but I’d say I was skeptical, given his track record, that we would get to a figure that was acceptable.”
“But to be fair to Newcastle, in the end, it was a good hard negotiation.
“Clearly, Rafa wanted the player and they had done their homework. He was someone they had thought about. “
“They had done their due diligence and thought ‘okay, we’re going to push the button on this one’.”
“It was important for Miggy because it was his dream. It was important for the league, too, for that type of number.”
“It is by far and away the record transfer fee for MLS. I think we have helped to set the table for future transfers.”
“He’s an unbelievable person as a character. He smiles all the time.”
“From that perspective of engaging with the fans, he was an instant fan favorite because of his demeanor.”
“In terms of his playing on the pitch, he is non-stop, perpetual motion.”
“He is faster with the ball than without it. He reminds me very much of Gareth Bale that way.”
“When Gareth picked the ball up, he always seemed to be quicker when he had the ball and Miggy is like that with his pace.”
First things first – we hope Miguel can help us beat Wolves at Molineux tonight, either as a starter or as a substitute.
We need the win.