Rafa Benitez and all the Newcastle fans will be begging Mike Ashley to open up his chequebook and bring in some new additions to St James’s Park.
The only permanent signing the club have made is the £3.6 million capture of Martin Dubravka following his superb loan-spell with the club.
Benitez is in desperate need of forwards this summer and is after a striker and a number 10 t0 freshen up the squad. According to The Sun, both Newcastle and West Ham are battling it out for Paraguayan star, Miguel Almiron.
The attacking midfielder has been heavily linked with a £10 million to either club with the player also keen to make the move to Europe.
Almiron joined Atlanta United in December from Argentinian club, Lanus and the American club are keen to keep their star player for the remained of the MLS season, and that may be key to any deal. With the MLS season well underway, it’s likely Atlanta are going to make the negotiations easy as they would probably be more keen on a January sale.
A second sticking point is likely the price of the midfielder. While in today’s transfer market, £10 million is nothing, it’s unlikely that someone like Mike Ashley will pay that kind of money for a player who plays in America.
Benitez and Ashley have been at odds on what deals will be going through. Mike Ashley simply must get this deal over the line otherwise it won’t just be the club’s future in jeopardy but it may also usher Benitez to the exit door.
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