Journalist claims left-back is ‘expected to sign’ in next 48 hours – New Almiron price also reported

Monaco left-back Antonio Barreca is ‘expected to sign in the next couple of days’ according to the Northern Echo’s Scott Wilson – but he claims we are refusing to meet Atlanta’s alleged £19m asking price for Miguel Almiron.

The signing of a left-back would be a boost of sorts for Benitez, however it seems quite clear that Barreca was not his first target – with a deal for Jordan Lukaku failing at the final hurdle late last week.

As far as Almiron is concerned, it would be infuriating if Ashley is refusing to meet a £19m asking price – especially when this appears to be just a few million pound more than our initial top offer ( believed to be £16m if you believe the Chronicle).

Here’s a snippet from Scott Wilson’s piece, suggesting Barreca looks set to sign, but that any Almiron deal ‘remains at an impasse’:

‘The Magpies have rekindled their interest in Antonio Barreca after a proposed loan deal for Lazio’s Jordan Lukaku collapsed on Friday night, and the Monaco full-back is expected to sign in the next couple of days.

‘However, the club’s interest in Miguel Almiron remains at an impasse with Mike Ashley refusing to meet Atlanta United’s $25m (£19m) asking price for the Paraguayan forward, and Newcastle’s owner remains extremely reluctant to invest significant sums into the playing squad while he attempts to sell up.’

Time will tell what actually happens in the final four days that remain of this miserable transfer window.

It really would sum up Rafa’s time at the club if we only signed a Ligue 1 reject on loan and missed out on his top target – a talented player who will only arrive if Ashley breaks our current club record fee.

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13 thoughts on “Journalist claims left-back is ‘expected to sign’ in next 48 hours – New Almiron price also reported

  1. I’ve said it before , wether your selling it or not mr Ashley you best spend some money quick or it will cost you more than 20-30 million come end of May when your crying in your cheque book . It’s your business we support it do you not get it !!!!
    Even if you bought 1 class player each window we would be in great shape but you run the club like the shops , cheap ****e and Joselu is the prime example


  2. “Newcastle’s owner remains extremely reluctant to invest significant sums into the playing squad while he attempts to sell up”

    What utter rubbish. He could buy players and include the cost as part of the sale agreement, but the sale has all gone quiet since the infamous letter release hasn’t it!

    Does it remind anyone of the Staveley deal?


  3. Ashley is a utter disgrace, he uses our club to advertise his company, he won’t spend any money he does not care about NUFC or their fans just himself lining his pockets, best manager we have had for years and he will be gone soon. I hope no one renews their season tickets . It’s all fat boys fault if we go down hope he loses lots of money.


  4. The strange thing is, the money is in the bank for the club, and we will be buying an asset to improve the value of the club. He is not a stupid man otherwise he wouldn’t be a billionaire, so I just cannot understand how he doesn’t see this. Almiron will undoubtedly increase in value faster than the cash sitting in the bank..


  5. I would get Merelos from Rangers, but not available on loan or swap for Sports Direct discount vouchers, so unlikely…….Come to think of it I would be shocked if any business is done by NUFC.


  6. Anyone who is going to be signing is not going to be signing with Newcastle.

    Because of MA’s policies, it may be that agents will not let their clients sign at NUFC. The club could dissolve as there will be no bodies to put on the pitch.

    I often think the agents assn dines regularly with the Fa and always picks up the tab and anything else the BofD wants.


  7. I’ve been watching Newcastle for over 50 years and I have now decided I will not go back until fat Ashley leaves he is step by step destroying the team all geordies love


  8. Hi derek , read again mate ..
    I said if he doesn’t invest this month 20-30 mil he will regret it ( coz it will eventually cost him 150 mil your right on that mate , the man is not stupid but he is a gambler and if he can fly by the cheeks of his pants and stay in the prem then milk it he won’t sell


  9. Had About enough off his spiel now.
    Fat boys not willing to spend any of our own money on a player who without any shadow of doubt would give us a huge boost.
    Speculate to accumulate is what I was taught. Makes my fu@&€#g blood boil every day. ???????


  10. He makes money from others misfortune. H.o.f , Debenhams etc
    Put some money back in !!!
    Where the f@$k is all of the tv, merchandising, gate receipts or player sales cash gone ?????
    I haven’t even bought as much as a NUFC keyring cos he makes off it.
    All sports wear from JD for the last 3 years… I personally fu@#€ng hate him !!!!!!


  11. correct…”buying” an asset in fact usually reduces tax …money isn’t disappearing..
    I think Ashley is simply focused on hoovering up retail chains in administration & disposing of redundant property; just snuffling up the swill like his 4 legged friends;
    not interested in doing ANYTHING constructive….like designing /manufacturing, &
    employing people. The complete parasite !


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