Miguel Almiron’s long-rumored transfer to Newcastle United has hit several road bumps. After Atlanta United clinched their trip to the MLS Cup, rumors started trickling out that Almiron’s exit was impending. After the season officially ended, those rumors picked up and Newcastle United emerged as the public frontrunners to sign Almiron in the January transfer window.
Even though Almiron’s exit is theoretically impending, the transfer fee demand from Atlanta United for their star player has reportedly been somewhat high and turned off a few teams that dabbled their toe in the Almiron waters.
From Newcastle’s perspective, manager Rafa Benitez has apparently listed Almiron at the top of his wishlist. However, pending ownership issues have casted doubt over the club’s ability to pay the fee wanted by Atlanta. Now it’s being reported by The Chronicle that Almiron’s wage and agent fees are another major obstacle to overcome.
The report states that Almiron and his camp want around £100,000 per week, about double what he was pulling in with the Five Stripes.
The problem Newcastle are facing is that this isn’t really a crazy amount to ask given the market in the Premier League. All three sides have an incentive for the deal to be completed, but it appears to be far from a done deal at this point in time.
Newcastle were out of the gate and over the moon when it came to Almiron’s impending exit from Atlanta. If it were any other Premier League club this would probably be a small bump in the road and things could possibly smooth themselves out. However, this is Newcastle United and with Mike Ashley still in charge and the ownership in flux, this could be a nightmare scenario.