Newcastle are now ‘in talks’ with MLS side Atlanta over a possible £10m deal fo Miguel Almiron according to story by The Sun today – however it sounds like another deal that’s bound to end badly for Benitez.
The Guardian- a far more reliable source than the Sun – confirmed our interest in the Paraguay playmaker just a few days ago (so I suspect he is a No 10 target for Rafa), however they claimed he was valued at £20m; which is considerably more than the £10m being claimed here.
Today’s story states that West Ham are also keen – which isn’t what we want to hear given their huge spending so far this summer – with it also sounding like the American club are reluctant to lose their star man at this stage of the season, with Atlatna currently mid-way through their season at the top of the MLS’ Eastern Conference.
It’s claimed that Almiron is ‘keen’ on a move to England, but it seems his club are ‘determined’ to keep him – something that doesn’t bode well for us given our total lack of urgency and ambition when it comes to securing Rafa’s main targets.
Here’s a snippet from their piece on the talented 24-year-old today:
‘West Ham and Newcastle are in talks with the representatives of Paraguayan international Miguel Almiron over a possible £10million deal.
‘But they face a battle to persuade his American club to sell the 24-year-old attacking midfielder.
‘Almiron is keen on a move to England after helping Atlanta United to the top of the MLS’ Eastern Conference.
‘The Americans are determined to keep hold of their star player for the remainder of the MLS season although they might consider a sale in the New Year.’
He looks like a real talent and a potential bargain in this day and age if the £10m valuation is true (which I suspect it isn’t!), however the combination of their reluctance to sell at this stage of their season and West Ham’s rivalling interest fills me with no hope that we’ll get this one done.
Here’s him in action for those who haven’t seen much of him:
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