Sky Sports – ‘Talks’ between Benitez & Ashley boost NUFC’s hopes of Almiron deal

Sky Sports’ north-east reporter Keith Downie claims Newcastle are now more optimistic about a potential deal for Miguel Almiron following talks between Rafa Benitez and Mike Ashley.

Downie states that a deal for the Paraguay will cost us a minimum of £20m, claiming we still have a ‘bit to go’ to agree a fee and wages with the player, however he believes there is ‘more chance’ of a deal being done after Rafa and Ashley spoke last weekend.

Here’s what he’s had to say about the deal today:

So, if Sky are to be believed, talks between Rafa and Ashley (presumably after last week’s win over Cardiff?) have given us fresh hope of getting this one done.



I hold serious reservations about this one, with any deal almost certainly requiring Ashley to spend the sort of money he’s not spend ever since he arrived at the club over 10 years ago.

Atlanta may buckle next week, with them currently having one too many ‘designated players’ after signing Almiron’s alleged replacement, but I suspect we’re going to have to seriously up our offer to have any joy here.

Let’s hope we do, as I get the feeling a deal like this could make or break Benitez’s future over the coming months.

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

4 thoughts on “Sky Sports – ‘Talks’ between Benitez & Ashley boost NUFC’s hopes of Almiron deal

  1. First off, I will believe this when he pulls on a B&W shirt. I understand the difference between the asking price and the offer is £4mil which covers the agent’s fee!
    Now my argument is this, the player hires an agent to act on his behalf, fine, no problem. However I think as the agent is employed by the player (any player) then surely the player should be paying the agent, not the club he is going to or coming from!

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  2. Olly, ‘serious reservations’? really? you know this is utter garbage!
    Sky Sports are the definition of ‘comments-for-cash’ journalism. If only Ashley spent as much on NUFC recruitment…

    I think, you are being very generous, taking the information at face value and reporting it faithfully for the reader to draw their own conclusions, …as a responsible journalist probably should.

    But, …really, Olly, …really…

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