The January transfer window is already heating up with Eric Dier heading to Bayern Munich and Timo Werner and Radu Dragusin joining Tottenham. Many clubs are still planning many more moves, while others are also preparing to offload their players.
And now Miguel Almiron also finds himself at the heart of a strong rumor that will see him leave Newcastle United. It is a most surprising development in his career and shows the unpredictable nature of the transfer window.
Miguel Almiron reportedly heading to Saudi Pro League
Saudi Pro League clubs have been very active since last summer as they continue to sign high-profile European soccer stars to boost their growing league. Ever since Cristiano Ronaldo moved there, a mass exodus to the league has occurred, with insane amounts of money involved.
It seems that Miguel Almiron is next in line for such a move. The Paraguayan is being coveted by Saudi club Al Shabab, who have reportedly agreed a fee with Newcastle over buying the player. Almiron is also said to be open and interested in the move which could earn him a huge contract. While there is a general agreement between all the parties involved, there is yet to be a confirmed deal.
The transfer seems shocking to many fans; however, it is very important for the Premier League side. Newcastle have recorded losses in the last few years, especially after spending a lot of money last summer. With many clubs, such as Everton and Nottingham Forest facing sanctions, the Magpies are keen to make some big sales to raise some emergency funds to balance the books. Even captain Kieran Trippier is linked to a Bayern Munich move.
Miguel Almiron’s role in Newcastle resurgence
Fans of the Tyneside are obviously shocked to hear that Miguel Almiron will be leaving, as he has a close relationship with the fans now. He first arrived at the club in 2019 from MLS club Atlanta.
Since then, he has been quite subpar on the pitch, with the occasional goal or assist. Last season, he had a surprising resurgence, registering 15 goals—his best goal scoring season ever for them. His performances helped the club massively, earning them a 4th place finish and gaining them Champions League soccer this season. This endeared him to a large section of the fans, making him a cult hero.
This season has seen him quiet on the pitch, scoring five goals and two assists. This may also be one of the reasons Newcastle are ready to part with him. It remains to be seen whether he leaves the club or not.
For now, Newcastle will face Fulham in the FA Cup on Sunday, and Miguel Almiron’s transfer will depend on whether he plays in that match.