Arsenal Told to Triple Miguel Almiron Offer by Atlanta United President

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IOctober 10, 2018

ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 01: Miguel Almiron of MLS Allstars during the 2018 MLS All-Stars game between Juventus v MLS All-Stars at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on August 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)
Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

Atlanta United president Darren Eales has told Arsenal it would cost "at least triple" the rumoured price tag of £11 million to land attacking midfielder Miguel Almiron.

Eales spoke to 92.9 The Game (h/t Metro) and offered his response to speculation of a bid from the Gunners that also included his name being misspelt in the reports.

"So there were two clues as to why that was total nonsense: One was Eagles, not Eales," he said. "And the other was the suggestion of £11 million because it would have to take at least triple that for me to even get out of bed and think about any bids for Almiron."

Almiron has risen to prominence for the Major League Soccer side after joining from Argentinian club Lanus in 2016. He scored nine goals in his first season and has 12 goals in 32 appearances in the current campaign.

Heed coach Gerardo Martinez has explained what to expect from the Paraguay international, per Sky Sports

"He's an atypical No 10. Because he gives you everything that a No 10 gives you and he probably dispossesses players like a defensive midfielder. So as a player who always works hard, he's never absent in a game, even a game where your team isn't dominating the offensive facet of the game. It's very rare to find a game where he's not."

The 24-year-old said over the summer he would be interested in playing in Europe, per ESPN.com

"As I've said before, I try not to look at these things too much so I don't go crazy. My objective has always been to go to Europe," he said. "I don't have a specific place in mind. I like the Premier League and I think they play a beautiful and competitive style of soccer."

Football writer Peter Coates said Arsenal have been linked with Almiron for some time:

Peter Coates @golazoargentino

Really interesting to hear Miguel Almirón is set to sign for @Arsenal in January for £11M. Seem to recall the club were linked with him even back when he was tearing it up for Lanús - thoroughly deserves his move to Europe https://t.co/TdKlso6VBZ

Football commentator Matteo Bonetti shared his view of the Paraguayan:

Matteo Bonetti @TheCalcioGuy

I remember watching Miguel Almiron live in Atlanta and being shocked by just how fast he is. @kev_egan preached about him all year. What a player. Could start for so many top European teams.

Matteo Bonetti @TheCalcioGuy

@SeanMonaghanSM @kev_egan His progression with the ball reminds me a bit of Kaka in his early days, players who look faster in possession. Almiron might not have the elegance that Kaka had, but the pace down the middle is exhilarating to watch.

Arsenal could be in the market for a midfielder with Aaron Ramsey expected to depart the club at the end of the season when his current contract expires, per David Ornstein at BBC Sport.

Sportswriter Yousef Teclab said Almiron would be an upgrade on Ramsey:

Yousef Teclab @yousef_teclab

Miguel Almirón has lit up the MLS with his performances for Atlanta Utd over the last 18 months. £11m would be a steal and a possible upgrade on Aaron Ramsey for #AFC 12 goals and 13 assists in 32 appearances this season. https://t.co/fL5Frehcrd

A move to Arsenal looks as though it would tempt Almiron, and the time may be right for him to try his luck in Europe. Atlanta will try to get the best possible price for their midfielder, which means he may not come cheaply.