According to the Chronicle, there’s a ‘feeling behind the scenes’ that a deal for Miguel Almiron can be done – despite the package we’re currently offering being below both the player’s and selling club’s demands.
Chris Waugh reports that we have offered Atlanta £15.4m, along with £50,000 wage packet – plus ‘an additional £50,000 every time Almiron plays’ and an agent fee ‘significantly’ less than the £4m being demanded.
This seems ambitious given the same story claims Atlanta value him at £23m, with Almiron said to be after £110,000 per-week.
Here’s a snippet from the Chronicle’s piece:
‘It is understood that Atlanta are demanding a $30million (£23m) fee, the player himself wants £110,000-a-week wages, while his agent is requesting commission of £4m.
‘Newcastle are unwilling to meet any of those three figures – and their counter-offer to Atlanta was believed to be $20m (£15.4m), £50,000-a-week wages plus an additional £50,000 every time Almiron plays, as well as a significantly reduced agent fee.
‘The Magpies’ package is still on the table, while communication lines with the Paraguayan and Atlanta remain open – and, while there has been no progress at all in recent weeks, there is still a feeling behind the scenes that this is a transfer which could yet be resurrected.’
The situation here is a funny one. Our current offer is clearly too low on several fronts, but it seems Atlanta are in a position where they *may* have to sell – with them already signing Almiron’s alleged replacement and having one too many designated players as a result:
Time will tell if we do actually make one final push to sign the Paraguayan over the next week – however it seems clear that we’ll either have to up our bid or see them reduce their demands if this one has any chance of happening.