It was ten weeks ago when Newcastle United were first reported to have an interest in signing Miguel Almiron this month.
Then two weeks later [eight weeks ago], the playmaker/number 10’s agent, Daniel Campos, turned up at St James Park the day Newcastle beat Bournemouth.
Interviewed in November [see below] and asked about being at St James Park, Campos confirmed that he was ‘working’ in England, with ‘two or three clubs interested in Almiron’ for a January transfer to the Premier League.
Obviously nobody believed it was coincidence that it happened to be St James Park where he had been seen, with Newcastle surely one of the interested clubs, if not the only one he was in reality speaking to.
Follow up mentions/updates in the media linking Newcastle United with Miguel Almiron have been regular but Newcastle fans continued to be sceptical, especially when Atlanta’s President came out in the press to rubbish claims they were going to initially loan the player to Newcastle with a £15m fee to pay in the summer to make it permanent.
Instead, the Atlanta President insisting that any bidding for the player would start at the $30m mark, approximately £24m.
Whilst the Guardian claimed today that personal terms had been agreed by Newcastle with the player and ‘only’ the transfer fee needed sorting, yesterday had brought a report from the Press Association claiming ‘sources on Tyneside‘ [undoubtedly Mike Ashley’s people] had claimed the big sticking point on a transfer was that supposedly Miguel Almiron was demanding over £100,000 per week, a figure which PA said the Tyneside ‘source’ described as an ‘astronomical’ figure.
I just looked up the definition of ‘astronomical’ and in this context it means something which is ‘extremely large’, well any transfer fees and wages would look ‘astronomical’ compared to what Rafa Benitez has been allowed to offer so far for players.
If you remember, after the summer 2017 window closed, Rafa Benitez came out and said he hadn’t even been able to compete with Huddersfield and Brighton when it came to offering transfer fees and/or wages to potential signings.
Interviewed now once again in Paraguay, Almiron’s agent says that he has talked to Newcastle about wages but that is irrelevant unless Mike Ashley is going to allow NUFC to pay the asking price for Miguel Almiron.
Daniel Campos speaking to ABC:
“If Newcastle upholds its pretensions, it may be one of the clubs [who could sign Miguel Almiron], but there are also others”
“From England, Germany, Italy, Spain, there are clubs that have an interest in Miguel Almiron.
“With Newcastle, I talked about the salary of the player, but the club must raise its offer with Atlanta if they want to have the player.”
The Mag – 19 November 2018:
After being seen at St James Park in the stands when Newcastle beat Bournemouth 2-1, Daniel Campos, Almiron’s agent, told AM 1080 in Paraguay:
“There is interest in Miguel Almiron and Oscar Romero.
“I’m in the process of working in England and here are two or three clubs interested in Almiron.
“There’s nothing concrete but certainly Almiron will play in the Premier League.”