Downie states that a deal for the Paraguay will cost us a minimum of £20m, claiming we still have a ‘bit to go’ to agree a fee and wages with the player, however he believes there is ‘more chance’ of a deal being done after Rafa and Ashley spoke last weekend.
Here’s what he’s had to say about the deal today:
So, if Sky are to be believed, talks between Rafa and Ashley (presumably after last week’s win over Cardiff?) have given us fresh hope of getting this one done.
I hold serious reservations about this one, with any deal almost certainly requiring Ashley to spend the sort of money he’s not spend ever since he arrived at the club over 10 years ago.
Atlanta may buckle next week, with them currently having one too many ‘designated players’ after signing Almiron’s alleged replacement, but I suspect we’re going to have to seriously up our offer to have any joy here.
Let’s hope we do, as I get the feeling a deal like this could make or break Benitez’s future over the coming months.