Two promising details have emerged on Miguel Almiron’s potential move to Tyneside, with the small matter of £4m reported as the current ‘stumbling block’ – while Atlanta are believed to have already signed his replacement.
Starting with this £4m problem, The Mail’s Craig Hope is reporting that the club haven’t given up on a deal to sign the MLS star, stating that a £4m agent’s fee is the ‘major sticking point’ at present.
Here’s a snippet from The Mail’s piece:
“Sources say they have not given up hope on a deal for Atlanta United playmaker Miguel Almiron but an agent’s fee in the region of £4million is said to be a major sticking point.”
Some outlets have claimed that we’re happy to pay the demanded transfer fee but unwilling to pay his wage demands while others claim we’re unwilling to pay Atlanta’s asking price but have already agreed personal terms – yet these latest reports suggest it’s a £4m agent fee that’s the issue.
Onto the second piece of promising ‘news’, and South American football expert Tim Vickery believes Atlanta have just signed Almiron’s replacement in Gonzalo Martinez – who’s arrived from River Plate.
Vickery believes Almiron will leave this month, but feels Atlanta are simply refusing to budge for now in a bid to receive an ever better offer from NUFC.
Here’s what he’s said when speaking to Sky Sports about the deal:
“They have done very, very well out of him and it seems at the moment they are playing poker. They are prepared to wait until the end of the window to try and get the best deal possible for him.
“They have already signed a replacement from River Plate, Gonzalo Martinez. He is a similar type of player, a quick, perky, left-footed, attacking midfielder.
“So they have lined up a replacement and now it is all about playing poker until the closing of the transfer window, hoping that either they can get a better deal from Newcastle or they can smoke out some other interest.”
I have my doubts – especially when it involves a deal that would break our current transfer record – but these latest details suggest a deal could yet happen.