Could Miguel Almiron be the one to do it?
Could the Paraguayan playmaker be the one to ‘smash’ what will be a 14 year old NUFC club transfer record, in January?
Saturday night (early hours of Sunday morning UK time) saw 73,019 watch Miguel Almiron help his team to a 2-0 victory in the MLS Cup final, this signed off his season with Atlanta United and paves the way for what looks a certain departure in January.
The Paraguyan playmaker scored 13 goals this season with 11 assists for Atlanta this 2018 season.
Since moving from Lanus to Atlanta for £7m in February 2017, Miguel Almiron has started 65 games (2 off the bench) and has scored 22 goals with 21 assists, involved in 43 goals altogether.
An update on Wednesday morning has seen The Northern Echo report that their information is that a deal has already been set up by Newcastle United to bring Miguel Almiron to St James Park.
They say that they understand Newcastle United’s head of recruitment, Steve Nickson, flew to Atlanta last week to meet Miguel Almiron and his representatives, with the framework of a deal being agreed with Atlanta.
The only sticking point being, The Northern Echo report that Mike Ashley is still yet to give the go ahead, leaving Rafa Benitez wondering yet again if he is finally going to be backed with a first choice signing in a transfer window.
A fee of £20m is said to be his valuation and so far since promotion, Mike Ashley has blocked the manager from buying any player for more than £10m.
Indeed, if the Miguel Almiron transfer was to happen, then it would be a complete change of direction for the owner, considering he hasn’t allowed a single player to be bought in any January transfer window since Rafa Benitez has been at St James Park.
The player’s father, Ruben Almiron, told the media in Paraguay:
“He will definitely go to England.
“What is left to be decided is to what club – but Newcastle is the one with the advantage.”
The Northern Echo report that Rafa’s fear is that yet again he is not going to be backed with the player(s) he wants, once more having to make do with bargain basement alternatives, which has left the manager having to go for players such as Joselu and Manquillo instead.
It is difficult to tell what Newcastle fans have less belief in.
With 90% saying in a Mag poll that they don’t believe Mike Ashley is serious about selling the club, I would guess at least the same numbers would there is zero chance of NUFC paying £20m for Almiron in January, or indeed any player, at least that is if Ashley is still here.
Funny how all roads lead back to Mike Ashley…
When every club from Huddersfield to Bournemouth has bought players in the last 18 months, for more than Mike Ashley has ever allowed to be spent on a player in his eleven and a half years,the very fact Newcastle fans believe it is a far-fetched fantasy that Newcastle might spend such a sum on an exciting prospect such as Miguel Almiron, perfectly sums up how far Ashley has dragged our hopes down. Never mind expectations…