The Paraguayan has been enjoying a winter break after Atlanta were crowned MLS Cup Champions for 2018 a few weeks ago, and the player has been pictured returning for pre-season today – with former Palace boss Frank De Boer now in charge of the club.
Here’s Sky’s latest take on Almiron after his return to training in the US:
He’s clearly Rafa’s top target – that has been made clear – but it’s becoming even clearer with every day that Mike Ashley won’t pay what’s required to sign him.
The Chronicle insist that it’s his £100,000 per week wage demands that are the big stumbling block, yet Sky are now claiming Atlanta value him at ‘around £30m’. If that’s the case, it’s a case of take your pick when it comes to reasons why he won’t sing.
It was reported in the Northern Echo just a few days ago that the NUFC hierarchy valued him at just over £15m – so the fact Atlanta may want DOUBLE would just sum up how far away we are from getting a deal done.
This makes you wonder if it’s yet another smokescreen to say ‘we tried’, because the signs so far are that we have absolutely no intention of paying anything close to £30m for a player this month – despite our desperate need for new arrivals.