Miguel Almiron’s agent has claimed that his client is attracting interest from clubs in Spain and Italy, also revealing that there is an $80million (£59million) release clause in his contract.
The Paraguayan has fallen out of favour at St James’ Park, starting just half of our games despite being considered a first-team regular last season.
In 17 appearances both as a starter and substitute, Almiron has failed to score or assist a teammate, an indictment of where his end product levels have been since his January 2019 arrival.
The forward’s agent, Daniel Campos, was branded a “two-bob amateur” by Steve Bruce after previously hinting that his client wanted to leave Newcastle, and it seems he’s at it again regarding a potential move away for his client.
He seems to be the sort of agent that stirs the pot – one of modern football’s many downsides – but Toon fans will unlikely be shedding too much of a tear if Almiron were to leave; albeit for much less than £59m!
Here’s what Campos has had to say:
“Miguel Almiron’s exit clause from Newcastle is close to $80million.
“In June, we will see what the club (Newcastle) says.
“There is interest from clubs in Spain and Italy.”
Almiron arrived from the MLS for a fee in excess of £20million – a club record at the time – and had our supporters in awe during those first few games.
Despite not scoring, his electric pace and relentless energy endeared him too our fans but it was clear there was still a lot to work on with his game.
Three years later and Miggy has gone backwards. His end product, if anything, has only got worse and the lack of goal contributions this season back that up.
In his defence, he has been shunted on the right – when he has no right foot – played in midfield, up front, on the left… every position imaginable without ever looking spectacular.
The number of Almiron’s match-winning performances can be counted on one hand and, for that reason, I’d be happy to wish the player well and send him on his way.