Atlanta Chief Talks Of Almiron Switch
Newcastle United are hoping to wrap up a deal for Atlanta United forward Miguel Almiron – but only on an initial loan.
The Paraguay international has long been tipped for a move to Europe with United president Darren Eales admitting that a January switch is on the cards.
United have held talks with Almiron over the past week. But reports claim Rafa Benitez’s side only want a loan to the end of the season with a £15million transfer fee payable in the summer. But Eales has rejected that idea.
“I have seen some laughable things in the press, “ said Eales. “Clearly we are never going to loan one of our players out and we are certainly not going to let them go for the ‘chump change’ that I have seen in some reports.”
Almiron has scored 21 goals in 62 MLS games for Atlanta and is expected to be part of the side that takes on Portland Timbers in the MLS Cup on Saturday evening. It is the first time the club have reached the final in only their second season as an MLS franchise.
The 24-year-old joined Atlanta from Argentine side Lanus for a fee of around £5million in 2017.
Newcastle United have beaten off competition from Arsenal and Leicester City to get themselves on the verge of securing his signature.