Arsenal and Newcastle will have to cough up more than €30m if they want to sign Miguel Almiron from Atlanta United according to their president, Darren Eales.

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 05: Midfielder Miguel Almiron #10 of Atlanta United dribbles during the game against the New York Red Bulls at Bobby Dodd Stadium on March 5, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA – MARCH 05: Midfielder Miguel Almiron #10 of Atlanta United dribbles during the game against the New York Red Bulls at Bobby Dodd Stadium on March 5, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

A few months back it was reported that Arsenal had agreed a deal to sign Miguel Almiron from Atlanta United. It was also reported that, after he pulled his hamstring, he had played his last game for the MLS side. Neither of these things turned out to be true.

Over the intervening months, Arsenal’s name has fallen away from the rumour with Newcastle United the main Premier League side linked with the 24-year-old who has 13 goals and 13 assists in 38 games this season.

“I will only get out of bed when it [the offer] starts with a 3! That is the sort of level it has to be for a player of his quality,” Eales told Mirror football in an article they headlined “Miguel Almiron price tag revealed in Arsenal and Newcastle transfer battle.”

There is no ‘battle’, at least not involving Arsenal. Not at this price.

“He’s that good? Yes, he’s great really,” Eales continued. “I am not surprised there is interest from top clubs. He has got great ability. He is faster with the ball than without. He reminds me a lot of Gareth Bale in that respect, from when I was at Spurs.”

Lanus' midfielder Miguel Almiron celebrates after scoring the team's second goal against San Lorenzo during an Argentina First Divison football final match at the Momnumental stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on May 29, 2016. / AFP / ALEJANDRO PAGNI (Photo credit should read ALEJANDRO PAGNI/AFP/Getty Images)
Lanus’ midfielder Miguel Almiron celebrates after scoring the team’s second goal against San Lorenzo during an Argentina First Divison football final match at the Momnumental stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on May 29, 2016. / AFP / ALEJANDRO PAGNI (Photo credit should read ALEJANDRO PAGNI/AFP/Getty Images)

A few weeks ago, Newcastle were said to be ‘desperate’ to sign the player. Back then, the Americans reportedly wanted bidding to start at £25m which is around €27m today but probably closer to €30m before the Tories crashed the pound again.

The club and fans expect Almiron to leave in January. There is, however, no certainty that will be for Arsenal as his agent said and a work permit could be a major stumbling block for any side in the Premier League. Nor is there any guarantee that Mike Ashley will meet Atlanta’s £25m £30m+ asking price. West Ham and Everton are also said to be interested.

If you’d like to know more about Almiron, check out this profile we got Christopher Weeks, who lives Stateside, to put together when we were linked back in January 2017. It has been updated, in parts, for this season.

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