Spanish outlet Fichajes have claimed that Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has ‘fallen in love’ with Newcastle United playmaker Miguel Almiron – but the Father of the Paraguayan ace has ruled out any interest from the La Liga side.
Almiron, 26, joined Newcastle from MLS side Atlanta United in January 2019 and struggled to begin with. However, he is beginning to show some serious form – having a hand in 10 goals in 38 league and cup appearances this season.
Indeed, Almiron has scored eight goals and created two more alongside an attack that also boasts Allan Saint-Maximin and Joelinton. The versatile attacker has four years on the five-and-a-half-year deal he signed 18 months ago.
The report claims Atletico Madrid are about to table an offer worth more than £27million for Almiron, but the player’s Father has commented on said interest – ridiculing the report by claiming there is no interest in his son from Atleti.
“There is nothing from Atlético Madrid, nobody contacted him,” Ruben Almiron said, as quoted by Paraguayan website La Nacion. “Rather it was a rumour from the Spanish press.”
TBR’s view – Keeping Almiron is crucial to Newcastle growth
Takeover or not. Even though his stats may suggest that he is not the most prolific attacking midfielder in terms of goals and assists, Almiron is one of those players that makes things happen.
His pace, guile, work rate and skill allows him to take players on, reach the byline and put dangerous crosses into the box. When he is playing centrally, he sees a pass before defenders can stop it.
Much of what Newcastle do that is good, is based around Almiron.