Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez will urge the club's higher ups to complete a deal for Atlanta midfielder Miguel Almiron when the January transfer window opens. The Spaniard wants a deal completed regardless of Newcastle's takeover plans, with talks reportedly ongoing between owner Mike Ashley and Peter Kenyon.
Almiron has caught the eye with his performances in the MLS this season. The Paraguayan has scored 13 goals and recorded 11 assists for Atlanta, and has been attracting attention from European clubs.
Any potential deal for Almiron is made more complicated by Ashley's intent to sell the club 'before the January transfer window', as the owner may only sanction cheap purchases as a cost-cutting measure.
Almiron is valued at around £20m, so any deal Newcastle secure would break their transfer record - which currently stands at the £16m the club paid for Michael Owen in 2005.
The Magpies appear to be in the driving seat for Almiron's signature, as head of recruitment Steve Nickson has already met with the player's representatives, and Almiron's father Ruben believes that 'Newcastle is the one with the advantage' when it comes to signing his son.
Benitez will be desperate for the club to follow through on the deal after a summer of transfer disappointments. He already had to butt heads with the club over the signing of Salomon Rondon, and will be hoping that a prized target doesn't slip through his fingers.
If Ashley is still waiting on a “satisfactory bid”, why on Earth did he go on national TV and say takeover talks “have never been this progressed before”?— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) December 13, 2018
Such an odd bloke. A bid hasn’t even been accepted, which tells us we’ve never come anywhere near close to it. #NUFC
Newcastle sit in 15th place in the table, and travel to Huddersfield on Saturday afternoon.