An intriguing piece has emerged from The Athletic on Miguel Almiron’s future, suggesting the club would consider cashing in on the 27-year-old if someone offered the £16m we paid to sign him back in 2019.
Chris Waugh reports that, despite his agent having “no doubt” he’d leave this summer when speaking in November, there is no bid imminent for the Paraguayan international currently starring at Copa America.
However, it’s said that there are still people ‘close’ to Almiron who are eager to see him move on, with La Liga giants Atletico Madrid listed in the piece as ‘long-term admirers’ of the attacking midfielder.
Waugh also reveals that other clubs in Spain and Italy are admirers of the former MLS star, however it’s thought the South American speedster has received no substantial interest from any Premier League clubs.
So, lots of talk and not a great deal of action, meaning it’s The Athletic’s understanding that he remains likely to stay at St James’ Park this summer – despite his agents comments, a potentially low asking price and a frustrating season for a player who has been regularly played out of position by Bruce.
The report claims that Bruce ‘may consider’ an offer for Almiron – due to the fact he’s one of few saleable assets at the club who’d be able to boost his limited budget – but it’s thought the European clubs showing interest wouldn’t be willing to pay £16m plus we’d demand for his signature due to the after-effects of COVID-19.
Crucially, Almiron is believed to have a ‘good relationship’ with Bruce and has ‘never actively pushed to leave’ the club, so it seems his willingness to stay combined with the club’s refusal to sell for anything less than we paid for him looks set to keep him at St James’ Park this summer.