According to The Chronicle, Newcastle’s offer for Atlanta star Miguel Almiron remains on the table with just nine days left of the January transfer window – it remains to be seen whether or not the Major League Soccer side will accept or hold out for more money.
The Chronicle report that the Magpies’ £16million offer for the Paraguay international has not been rejected, but nor has it been successful as the MLS champions hold out for £7m more.
However, the side from the United States are not in the best marketing position as things stand. Newcastle are the only Premier League club to have made a concrete move for the 24-year-old according to The Chronicle, which means that Atlanta may be stuck with the player if no other side gets involved in the bidding.
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You may think that being left with a player who scored 13 goals and grabbed eleven assists in the MLS last season (as per Whoscored) isn’t a bad thing, but having already signed a direct replacement in Gonzalo Martinez, it seems as if they’ll need to offload him before the deadline – Atlanta now have more ‘Designated Players’ – explained on the MLS official website – than they are allowed, which has left them in a sticky situation.
It’s certainly still possible. Right now, it seems as if Atlanta are more than aware of the money available in the Premier League and have set their price accordingly.
What they haven’t accounted for, however, is the stinginess of Mike Ashley, with the Magpies owner yet to budge on £16m, which he may feel is enough to secure the player.
Perhaps he has every right to feel that way, as well. After all, there is hardly a long history of former MLS players excelling in Europe, and due to the aforementioned situation regarding designated players, Atlanta have backed themselves into a corner.