As revealed by the Chronicle, Newcastle are understood to have made an initial bid of £16m for Miguel Almiron – claiming ourselves and Atlanta are still in talks over a deal as we approach the final 9 days of the January window.
Our offer is believed to be £7m less than Atlanta are asking for (sounds just like Mike Ashley, doesn’t it!), however Mark Douglas’ latest piece states that the deal is not dead, with the two parties still discussing a deal – with our offer remaining on the table.
Interestingly, Atlanta appear to have already signed Almiron’s replacement, with the Chronicle stating that they now have one too many designated players on their roster as a result – suggesting they are still preparing for their star man to leave.
With this in mind, it sounds to me like we’re banking on them buckling and accepting our lower offer later in the month – and that might be our only hope given I have little faith in us upping our bid.
Here’s a snippet from the Chronicle’s latest piece on the Paraguayan:
Newcastle United’s offer for Atlanta United forward Miguel Almiron remains on the table heading into the final nine days of the transfer window.
United are understood to have offered around £16million for Almiron – some £7million shy of the sum Atlanta president Darren Eales has told the press he’s looking for – and are the only Premier League side to have made a play for the Paraguay man so far.
And while it has not been enough to broker a deal that Rafa Benitez is urging Newcastle to complete, there remains dialogue between the two parties over the deal.
Whether the MLS club, who have signed Pity Martinez to leave them with one too many designated Players and a major dilemma, will budge on their valuation is unclear.
Almiron is Benitez’s number one target and the player he wants to fill the number ten slot that he has been looking to recruit in for as long as he’s been at Newcastle. But it feels as if once again United’s financial priorities and the manager’s desire to just get deals done do not tally.
The Almiron deal, while not dead, would require significant movement on both the player and selling club’s part for Newcastle to make him their marquee New Year transfer.
It sounds just like Ashley. See a player valued at closer to £25 and make a bid of £16m – despite the player being Rafa’s number one target and someone that could well transform our team heading into the business end of the season.
Hopefully Atlanta buckle and reluctantly accept our £16m offer that remains on the table, but it sounds like we’ll have to change our tune if we want this one to happen.