Major coup: Agent claims Man United wanted Newcastle’s Almiron

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According to Miguel Almiron’s agent, Manchester United were interested in his client before he joined Newcastle United in the January transfer window.

What’s the word, then?

Almiron’s agent, Daniel Campo, told ParaguayTVHD via talkSPORT:

“Manchester United was interested in Miguel Almiron.”

Newcastle completed the signing of Almiron from MLS outfit Atlanta United in the latter stages of the January transfer window.

Indeed, the Magpies broke their transfer record to buy the attacker in a £20m deal.

The 24-year-old had been in excellent form for Atlanta during 2018, which convinced Newcastle to bring him to the Premier League.

However, according to Campo, Man United also had an interest in the Paraguay international before Newcastle swooped to land him in a club-record deal.

What can Newcastle expect from Almiron?

The Newcastle fans had a small taste of what the attacker has to offer in the Premier League against Wolverhampton Wanderers earlier this month.

Almiron came on for the final 18 minutes of what proved to be a 1-1 draw and there is no question that he made a positive impression.

A 13-time Paraguay international, Almiron scored 22 times in 70 appearances during his time at Atlanta, including 21 goals in 62 MLS appearances.

The 5ft 9in ace is a clever, skilful forward with a brilliant turn of pace. He was exceptional in the recent MLS season, but the Premier League is a different level entirely.

If Campo is correct and Man United indeed wanted the South American, then Newcastle pulled off a major coup by signing him, particularly for a relatively reasonable fee when considering his credentials.