NUFC now ‘ready to break transfer record’ on exciting no.10 – but there’s one big issue – Report

According to the Chronicle’s Lee Ryder, Newcastle are prepared to break their transfer record to sign Miguel Almiron – however the player’s £100,000 per week wage demands could scupper the deal.

It’s been reported for some time now that the MLS playmaker is Rafa Benitez number one target this month, with head of recruitment Steve Nickson flying out to the US late last year to negotiate a deal.

The big issue looked like it was the fact Atlanta Utd were demanding in excess of £20m – the sort of fee Ashley just does not pay – but it’s now being suggested that excessive wage demands and agent fees are the main reason a deal hasn’t happened:

I can’t lie, I’m struggling to believe this. Maybe they are pushing their luck and trying to get Almiron and his agent a huge wage packet, but I find it hard to believe that Ashley is willing to spend in excess of £17m.



That said, I’d argue £100,000 isn’t a huge amount of money anymore. If you pay £20m plus for a player, they’re likely to demand big money. After all, I’m pretty sure he’d be offered this money elsewhere if the likes of Everton or West Ham were involved.

It’s the idea we’re ‘prepared’ to pay big that I’m strugglign with, mind. Is this really what Ashley is ready to do? History suggests no – especially when he’s meant to be negotiating a deal to sell the club.

Time will tell, but this could just be a convenient way of spinning it so they can say ‘we tried’.

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11 thoughts on “NUFC now ‘ready to break transfer record’ on exciting no.10 – but there’s one big issue – Report

  1. Funny I thought we were already aware of his wage demands (as reported some time ago) and trying to negotiate with Atlanta for the fee. Sounds like BS to me.

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  2. Have we conveniently forgotten the Atlanta chairman’s comment that he won’t get out of bed unless the bid for Almiron starts with a 3?

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  3. I am not surprised you are struggling with this…Ashley has said several time he will NOT be funding anything at Newcastle, and they make the accounts read all money goes into operating the club, so that leaves a big fat £0!!!

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  4. I sense a stumbling LINE – he’ll never get over it! 🙄
    100k would be correct for a 20 million player!

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  5. Unless of course it’s the potential new owners sanctioning funds for the deal?
    No wait a minute, sorry guys I just dozed off there for a minute.
    Bollox, back to reality.
    We’re all doomed I tell ye.

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  6. Phleks:
    Hen will you ever find out your own info pmsl nakka man

    We’re a blog that has our opinion on all goings on at NUFC and shares what’s being said by the media – not a source of info or an ‘in the know’ account.

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