Miguel Almiron’s agent has confirmed that he’s spoken to NUFC officials about the players salary – but insists that we must up our transfer offer if we want to sign him from Atlanta.
It doesn’t exactly fill me with confidence, but this does help clear up the situation, with local reports sharing completely contradictory claims over the past 24 hours.
Yesterday’s reports (from the Chronicle) suggested that Almiron’s £100,000 wage demands were the current stumbling block (not the transfer fee), yet today’s news (from the Guardians Ed Aarons) was that the transfer fee was the issue – not the players wages. Based on what his agent has just said, it sounds like Atlanta’s valuation is the issue.
Here’s what Almiron’s agent, Daniel Campos, has said today when asked about his clients potential move to Newcastle United this month:
“There are two to three clubs in England that have interest but we have not advanced much.
“With Newcastle, I spoke about the player’s salary, but the club needs to raise their offers with Atlanta if they want to get the player.
“If Newcastle raises their offers, they could be one of the clubs (to sign Almiron), but there are other clubs. There are clubs from England, Germany, Italy and Spain that are interested in Miguel Almiron, but we aren’t going to rush things.”
Worryingly for us, it seems there’s plenty interest from elsewhere – with Campos claiming that there’s other clubs from England, Germnay, Italy and Spain that are keen on the MLS star.
It’s hard to know what is going on here, but one thing I can say quite confidently is that I’m anything but convinced that Ashley will pay big bucks to sign him – whether that be on wages or transfer fee.