Newcastle United ought to monitor the situation of Brahim Diaz, in case their reported deal to sign Miguel Almiron falls through.
Almiron has been strongly linked with move to the Magpies in recent weeks, with The Shields Gazette reporting on Wednesday that the club were in fact just ‘hours away’ from securing his signature.
The Paraguayan attacker is supposedly set to become Rafa Benitez’s first signing in January, and it could be that the club finally break their long-standing club record transfer fee for a player (Michael Owen for £16 million in 2006).
It was claimed last week that Newcastle were keen to loan the player first and then pay £15 million to sign him permanently in the summer, but Atlanta United chairman Darren Eales moved to implore Newcastle to make a serious offer.
One gets the feeling that this Almiron transfer might actually not be so straightforward though, especially with former Newcastle boss Alan Pardew having emerged as a leading candidate for the Atlanta job (The Birmingham Mail).
Diaz a fine alternative
Benitez must keep an eye of the situation of Manchester City starlet Diaz.
The young Spaniard is out of contract next summer and is being eyed by Real Madrid who want him for £10 million (ESPN).
If Newcastle are willing to spend upwards of £15 million on Almiron, then surely £10 million for Diaz isn’t too bad.
He has bags of potential and is seemingly an unfortunate victim of being in a truly world class squad at the Etihad.
Opportunities have been few and far between for the attacking midfielder; he’s made just 14 appearances in total for the club since integrating into the first-team in 2016.
He would bring mobility and creativity to Newcastle’s attack just as Almiron would.