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…

  • Wezza

    So why is it that news it being rubbished from their own club? More KBA PR? It isn’t happening!

  • Carverlier football

    Isn’t this just a rehash of a previous story that was since dismissed…?

  • Kneebotherm8

    Funny……..I thought Mike had fckall to do with the day to day running of the club………or that’s what he’s led us to believe over the years………..we’ve got a chief executive at the club who can’t sign a deal off without his say so……yeah,another porkie from Mike it would seem….

    • Ron

      It would be very strange for a chief exec to negotiate terms with an employee who you will pay say 50 times more than he can pay himself. All Lee Charnley is is a figurehead to be abused, no one can take him seriously.

      Of course liar Mike is involved in all money decisions at our club.

      • Kneebotherm8

        We’re agreed on that one then Ron…….just another in a long,long list of untruths the guy has spouted over the years…….and Charnley is just a waste of space..

        • Ron

          The list of his lies is longer than my daughter’s Chritmas present wish list

  • Chris-Chapple

    Memo from Mike to Charnley,
    You can sign him for £20m when you sell players for £30m.

  • Chris-Chapple

    Read a report a minute ago that there is no deal on the table & the player is waiting to see what offers he gets from clubs in England

  • GlasgowMag

    How can anyone state an agreement has been made!! The only person that can agree on anything at our club including the purchase of loo rolls is our illustrious workhouse owner!! Next statement tried everything in our power but just couldn’t get the deal over the line, every day more BS!! PS funny how the imminent selling of the club stories have evaporated!!

  • Realist

    I read they other day that his father had said he will be going to England in January and Newcastle hold the advantage. Let’s wait and see.

    • Toon Arnie

      That’s pretty much what this article says with Ashley being the only person holding things up. Give it a couple of weeks for the ‘we won’t be held to ransom’ rubbish being spouted again. There is NO excuse for this not to happen. The profit made in August would pay for this and that’s without the £123m tvmonwy being touched.

      • Realist

        Tbh don’t read many of the articles, skim read most. Yes I agree and If this deal does go through it would be a tidy little signing imo. Believe it when I see it though.

  • LA toon

    Just what we need in a relegation battle, a MLS player who will take at least 12 weeks to get up to speed with the PL and settle in.

  • mactoon

    He won’t spend £20 million on a player and will use this years ‘club for sale’ story to justify not buying the player.

    What was the point of wasting money sending a club delegation to broker a deal the owner won’t sanction?

    • Rich Lawson

      It’s baffling isn’t it ? Why spend money sending people to negotiate when there is little certainty that the owner will release the funds for any agreed deal ?

      • Bradley Sparkes

        All part of the grand illusion that “we tried, but…”

        • Rich Lawson

          I know what your saying, but I was an electronics buyer for over twenty years in a past life and when I sat down to negotiate I knew what my company had to spend and if I thought the deal was good for us went over it in the knowledge that the owners would back my judgement. I don’t see that in place for us at all and it stinks

          • mactoon

            I think the steer given would have been to get a loan deal with an option to buy which would never be activated under Ashley’s tenure. The club however has come out and stated they won’t release him unless a serious bid to buy outright was received. That won’t happen, more likely an offer of around £8 million, if any, will be put in.

  • Foggy

    looks a bit lightweight to me. I don’t see many defenders loosing any sleep over this one. I hope I’m wrong.

    • Magpie rand

      Same was said about Luka Modric, whatever did happen to him 🤔

      • Foggy

        Well that’s alright then. He’ll be fine because Modric made it. Tell that to Perez and Muto. And Atsu and Murphy. You’ve never seen him play have you?

  • pedrodelgardo

    I doubt the take over story and the transfer story and Fenwicks window will get a visit if both go through.

  • Alex

    This is exactly the same as ME wanting to buy the player. I’ve agreed the price, I’ve agreed the contract, but then I’m the same as Rafa – I don’t have £20m behind me.

  • joe mac

    so we are not signing him then!

  • 5floorshigh

    once upon a time…………………………………………………….the end !

  • Weyhhadaway

    Till we see a new owner sitting in the Milburn Stand, waving at us all and making us dream of the promised land there is no hope of spending any money. The rest of December may get some bad results and may make Ashley think that we need more players to keep us up. But he will do his usual gamble and get the bare minimum of loaners and freebies.

    He will then blame the time wasting “buyers”, Rafa is at the end of his contract, blaa blaa blaa.

  • Geordiegiants

    It’s getting like the chronic on here with this sort of bollux.