This week has seen reports that a transfer had been agreed for Miguel Almiron to move to Newcastle United.

The English media reports claimed that NUFC representatives had been in Atlanta and agreed a deal, whereby the 24 year old would come to St James Park on loan with then £15m to be paid in the summer.

The newspapers didn’t make clear whether the £15m buying bit was a binding clause but they did say/claim that all that was now needed for the deal to happen was for Mike Ashley to give the go ahead.

It all seemed a little too good to be true, as in the past it has been reported that Atlanta had turned down offers of £15m, and with the player now having an even better season this year, which finally ends on Saturday (early hours Sunday UK time), his price will surely have gone up even further.

Indeed recent weeks saw reports in the States saying Miguel Almiron was valued at a figure of £25m minimum, as Atlanta’s star asset.

Stepping into the debate is Atlanta United President Darren Eales.

Sky Sports are covering the MLS Cup Final live (1am kick-off on Sunday – UK time) and they have spoken to Eales, who said:

“The important thing is we have an owner that is 100 per cent behind the team and wants the team to win, and we have a fan base, so we have always said that if the right approach comes in – and it has to be the right offer for the player, the league, and most importantly the club – then we would consider it.

“I have seen some laughable things in the press, clearly we are never going to loan one of our players out and we are certainly not going to let them go for the ‘chump change’ that I have seen in some reports.

“If it’s a proper, serious offer then it’s something we would consider, but not for the laughable figures that I have seen mentioned in the press.

“He has proved in these two years that he is by far and away one of the best players in the league.

“He is still a young player, he is a Paraguay international and it’s brilliant he can cope with the physicality of the Argentinian league with Lanus and also the MLS.

“He is an amazing player, he was one of the best players on the pitch in both of the All-Star games that we played against Juventus and Real Madrid.

“I have no doubt that when the time is right and the offer is right he can be a success in whatever league he goes to.”

Since moving from Lanus to Atlanta for £7m in February 2017, Miguel Almiron has started 64 games (2 off the bench) and has scored 22 goals with 21 assists, involved in 43 goals altogether.

With those kind of stats, I think safe to say he has increased in value by a lot more than £8m in these past two seasons.

Personally, I think Newcastle will have to pay at least £20m-£25m as a starting price, with potentially extra if he hits certain targets.

Since promotion to the Premier League, the most Mike Ashley has allowed Rafa to spend on a player is £10m…

  • Paul Patterson

    This owner won’t pay £15m. Anyone thinking otherwise is a buffoon . .

  • 5floorshigh

    Its definitely panto season…..Ashley selling – oh no he isn’t…..Boycott Wolves – oh no we’re not…..signing Almiron – oh no we aint………put your left leg in, your left leg out, in out in out shake it all about……………….???!!!???!!!

    • Wor Lass

      The one Penfold really likes is, “He`s behind you!”.

      • Peaky


  • 1957

    We won’t be buying anyone, the proposed ‘takeover’ will mean no spending this transfer window… again.

    Just one point of interest though, is Jackie rewriting history (again) or is it another piece of sloppy journalism, I thought we bought Murphy for £12.5m after we were promoted

    • davey dibiaggio


    • Kneebotherm8

      Takeover or no takeover…….no spending this transfer window…..again..

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    Not that it matters, since he’ll never be a toon, but he was just voted MLS player of the year. Ahead of a teammate who SMASHED the league’s previous goal scoring record.

    • Gregory Hill

      He was not, where do you get your info from, the trash can? Josef Martinez was named MLS MVP on Wed, the 5th. Almiron finished 2nd place, well behind Martinez’s totals…but, in actuality he was the best player in the league this year. Remember, reading is fundamental, it’s easy to do and Google is your friend!!!

      • glassjawsh-got-banned

        there was a misprint on ESPN that they’ve since retracted. but more relevant to your situation. Go [email protected]#k yourself.

        • Gregory Hill

          yeah, is that like the old adage: “i was misquoted”, it would be just as easy to blame it on the rain. What’s more relevant is i only have a ten incher so i can’t follow your impossible suggestion.

  • Dillon Tovak

    I love the term chump change.
    And mike Ashley loves wheeling and dealing in it.
    Ashley out.

  • Billmag

    Jorgensen last January, Almiron this January, the saga goes on and on and nobody in the media takes them to task.

  • Geordiegiants

    Not happening then!

    • Kneebotherm8

      Was it ever……

  • Realist

    Sunderland echo saying rafa kepping tabs on fabio borini. He’s a workhorse with lots of passion but lacks technical ability. Loves biting his hand when he score’s his 3 goals a season.

    • Carverlier football

      The Italian Joselu

      • Realist

        Ay, echo reckon’ s rafa is a fan. Only plus with borini is he can play striker , no 10 , right wing.

    • HarryHype59

      Please God no!

  • David2211

    They f*cking love a Loan don’t they

  • Kenny

    £15m players, sale of the club & the idiots take all this bull schitt in,
    all i can say is if you`re that f##king stupid enjoy the next decade with the
    Fat Scumbag

  • Shipcote Willy

    Ashley spending £15-25m on a player? I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was eight. Anyone who expects more than freebies and loans probably also think the club will be sold. A rude awakening awaits.

  • Kneebotherm8

    £15m on a player in this day and age is,relatively,fck all.
    22 years ago it was actually a world record transfer fee….

  • Rich Lawson

    ”All that’s now needed is for Mike Ashley to give the go ahead”. That’s an end to that then.

  • KennySamsung

    Let’s not get carried away here, the American soccer (football) league is not at the same level as any of the European leagues, they make it look exciting but that’s an American thing.

    I’ll be amazed if anyone buys him for £25m and in my opinion is only worth £15m if that. It’s a bit like Gayle going to America and scoring some great goals and everybody saying he’s great, yet he will still only be an average Premiership player.

    • 45709

      ??? Really???

      Well good to know that MLS is nothing, must be a fad like NBA, MLB, NFL etc… what was beckham and Rooney thinking? They’ve been left in obscurity with not a penny

      Still at least nufc are getting sold, buying loads of awesome players and there’s no ridicule… oh…

      What a joke, it’s like black and white are the stereotypical prisoners, Mike the governor; and let’s lap it all up. Nufc has gone, if the main media are falling for it, it’s over. It’s time a NCFC was established

      • KennySamsung

        Both those two players were coming towards the end of their careers, still good players but not top premiership. They looked or look good in the MLS which is a good standard but probably the same as our championship.. sorry but true!!