Just a few hours ago, Miguel Almirón’s agent Daniel Campos discussed the situation of his client on Versus Radio from La Nación. Speaking to the Paraguayan radio, Campos unveiled a very important detail baked into Miggy’s contract: his release clause. Campos went the distance, offering a pinpoint accurate number: £60 million.
That figure translates to around €70M and is close to tripling the fee (£21M) Newcastle paid American franchise Atlanta United when the Magpies signed him in 2019 for a club-record fee at the time. That, obviously, is quite a jump in dollars, pounds, euros, or whatever your currency choice is.
Obviously, sharing that information put everyone on notice and forced folks into blasting an infinite amount of messages into the Twittersphere—of all shapes and colors but widely siding with Newcastle selling Miggy more than Miggy staying on Tyneside.
That incendiary figure, though, was totally played down by Diego Campos as the interview progressed, though. Campos said that “[Almirón] is happy to stay at the club and most importantly, he is playing.” He added that “there are always rumors about players in the transfer market, however, we don’t have any definitive interest shown by any club.”
Even if clubs from the Premier League or abroad show interest in Miggy, it’s hard to see anyone willing to pony up that massive release clause to snatch Almirón—the one-goal man—from the Magpies. Much less sense would make for Newcastle to pass on such an offer, and even one for half of that fee.
Miguel Almirón is a perfectly fine role/bench/rotation player and one still young enough to keep around and allow to grow with the club as Newcastle keeps building toward national and continental contention. Miggy’s performances this season have not been quite boosted by the Howe Effect, but at least you know he’ll give it all on the field and run till he’s the last man standing.
Newcastle is definitely going to need to pull off some sales if they want to keep bringing in external players whether that’s via transfers or loans. And not only because of Financial Fair Play reasons but also because this squad is bloated as f**k. This type of news will keep popping up here and there through the next few weeks and months, as agents outside of the club aren’t dumb (those asked-for fees...) but neither are those representing guys looking for better futures outside of Tyneside as the competition will only keep increasing among Newcastle players.
We’ll see if this gets any legs, but those definitely won’t grow from such a huge release clause.