According to the Guardian’s Ed Aarons, Newcastle have agreed personal terms with Miguel Almiron – but the club are yet to reach an agreement with Atlanta over a transfer fee.
This saga is becoming a tedious one for us fans (never mind Rafa Benitez!), but today’s news totally contradicts what the Chronicle reported yesterday.
Just 24 hours ago, Lee Ryder’s story stated that Newcastle were ‘prepared to break their club record fee’ to sign the MLS star, insisting that it was Almiron’s ‘astronomical’ wage demands of £100,000 per week that were proving to be the major stumbling block.
A day later and the Guardian’s Ed Aarons (who appears to have been covering this potential deal over the past few months) is saying it’s the fee that’s the problem – not the wages:
In all honesty, this sounds far more like Newcastle United to me.
It’s reported that he’s currently on around £40,000 per week at Atlanta, so I’m sure we’d be happy to give him a slight pay rise, but what doesn’t sound anything like Newcastle (or should I say Mike Ashley) is the idea that we’re willing to pay the £20m plus his club are said to be demanding.
Time will tell, but of the two stories, today’s ‘update’ sounds more likely to me.