Miguel Almiron has for some time being claimed to be the top target for Rafa Benitez in this current transfer window.
With Newcastle United desperate for goals and creativity, the Paraguayan playmaker/number 10 has been constantly linked to Newcastle United.
Only rock bottom Huddersfield have scored less than NUFC’s pitiful 15 Premier League goals in 21 matches.
If any deal for Miguel Almiron was going to happen, most Newcastle fans assumed it would happen at the very start of January, especially as the claimed interest is now months old.
This is especially the case with Newcastle deep in relegation trouble and needing any new signings in as soon as possible to give them the maximum chance of playing enough games to positively help the situation.
With not a single player bought in January 2017 or January 2018 and Rafa Benitez limited to no more than £10m on any buy since promotion, buying Miguel Almiron sounded even more like fantasy.
Only for the Atlanta United President to then respond to claims that a loan deal with eventual £15m fee to be paid by Newcastle had been agreed, by stating the MLS club was looking for at least £24m for their star player.
Tuesday has now seen BT Sport quoting the Press Association, who say their information is that there are two more big ‘stumbling blacks’.
These being the fees that would be payable to agents, as well as Miguel Almiron himself allegedly asking for over £100,000 per week in wages.
The report adds that ‘sources’ on Tyneside have described the agent/player demands as ‘astronomical’.
I’m guessing that the vast majority of Newcastle fans will instantly assume that this story has come from Mike Ashley’s people.
Yet another PR move to try and make the failure to buy the quality of signings Newcastle need, down to greedy players rather than a refusal of Mike Ashley to back his manager.
Miguel Almiron turns 25 years old in February, is in his prime, is a very exciting player who as scored and made goals for fun in the MLS to be arguably the hottest property in their league, so with the transfer market these days, surely we all knew the finances of any deal would be more than for any player Newcastle currently have.
Jonjo Shelvey cost £13m three years ago and as been regularly and widely reported to be Newcastle’s top wage earner on £80,000 per week.
So if Newcastle were going to buy Almiron for £24m or more, it doesn’t take a genius to work out that his wages would be in line with that, a lot higher than Shelvey.
When the likes of Fulham, Bournemouth and others are spending £25m on single players, does anybody really think they will be on the same money as the bargain basement signings Rafa has been forced to make, such as £5m Joselu, £4m Manquillo and £6m Atsu???
It is funny how Mike Ashley is able to sell players such as Carroll, Cabaye, Wijnaldum, Sissoko and Mitrovic for £20m-£35m and yet it suddenly becomes ‘astronomical’ money when it comes to the idea of Newcastle paying that kind of money and commensurate wages for anybody.