Miguel Almiron signing for Newcastle United – Chances now ‘Less than 5%’
Miguel Almiron will be remembered as the player Newcastle United didn’t sign in January 2019.
It was first reported on 3 November 2018 that Newcastle United and Inter Milan were the two clubs fighting to sign the playmaker/number 10.
Now 13 weeks later and with less than 60 hours of the January transfer window remaining, Newcastle haven’t even signed a single loan player as yet.
The past three months were filled with claims of Miguel Almiron being the player who would at last break the 14 year old club transfer record.
Much of the media coverage looked clearly to be driven by Mike Ashley and his people, keen to show how the owner was supposedly backing Rafa Benitez.
Stabbing him in the back was more like it, yet again.
Looking back, it was nearly three weeks ago (10 January – see below) since we brought you the last media ‘update’, that claimed Newcastle had bid £17m, some £8m below what Atlanta want.
It was difficult to believe Mike Ashley had allowed an offer even £8m below the player’s valuation back then, now it is surely just hilariously unfunny. With clearly Ashley not letting Rafa buy anybody.
With the transfer windows across Europe set to close shortly, over in America MLS Transfers are now quoting a source that has told them the chances of Miguel Almiron signing for Newcastle is ‘less than 5% right now’.
Yesterday brought news that the player’s agent was in Italy trying to tie up a deal with an unnamed Serie A club/clubs.
MLS Transfers say that Inter Milan are still interested, whilst late Tuesday morning has seen the Guardian’s Ed Aarons report that Rafa Benitez’ old club Napoli are now interested in signing Miguel Almiron. Media in Italy claiming both clubs are talking to Almiron’s agent Daniel Campos.
It is looking like a very sort straw and lonely vigil for whichever Sky Sports reporter gets stuck outside Newcastle United’s training ground on Thursday, reporting on non-existent signings.
No wonder Rafa Benitez wouldn’t give a 100% guarantee that he won’t walk away at the end of the week if he gets no satisfaction this week in the transfer market.
The Mag – 10 January 2019:
Newcastle United have made a £17m bid for Miguel Almiron according to reports on Thursday morning.
Atlanta United though have rejected that offer according to The Mail, with the MLS club said to have insisted on their £25m valuation being met.
Whether it is £17m or £25m, Newcastle fans find it difficult to believe that anything will come of it.
With nobody bought these past two Januarys and Mike Ashley’s insistence on a £20m+ profit on deals last summer, supporters find it hard/impossible to believe that the owner would be suddenly allowing the 14 year transfer record to be broken in this mid-season window.
Yesterday, Almiron’s agent said that nothing could happen unless/until Newcastle meet Atlanta’s valuation, whilst Mike Ashley’s people pushed out a story earlier in the week claiming that the player’s supposedly greedy wage demands was the big stumbling block.
It doesn’t exactly add up to a transfer that sounds imminent, does it?
On Wednesday, Almiron’s agent said that he had numerous clubs interested in signing the playmaker/number 10 in the Premier League and other European leagues.
Miguel Almiron and his agent have plenty of time to wait with three weeks remaining of the transfer window(s) to see what offers do come in. However, Newcastle will almost certainly be in a very different situation to all of the other potential bidders, as the are desperate for help now, to try and prevent relegation, as well as needing to build for next season and beyond.
Unless anything happens in these next few days, Miguel Almiron will be starting pre-season training with Atlanta United on Monday (14 January) as new manager Frank de Boer begins his job in earnest.
Atlanta United coming back a little earlier as they two CONCACAF Champions League matches against Costa Rican side Herediano to play, the first of those kicking off (22 February) only six weeks tomorrow, then their MLS new season beginning with a visit to DC United on Sunday 3 March.
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