Arsenal Will Have To Triple Valuation To Land MLS Starlet, Says Club President
Arsenal will have to revise their valuations of Miguel Almirón if they’re to land the Paraguayan playmaker from Atlanta United. The Gunners had been linked with an £11m move for the 24-year-old, but the prospects of that happening have been chortled at by the club’s president Darren Eales.
“It would take at least triple that,” the Englishman told the 92.9 Game sports radio show.
The MLS transfer record stands at the £11m mark, with Bayern Munich holding that record for the fee they stumped up for the teenage Vancouver Whitecaps sensation Alphonso Davies.
It seems that the Arsenal recruitment department will have to break that record if they want to bring the South American to London. Almiron has scored 12 goals and assisted 11 more in 32 games to date in 2018 and has been vital in bringing them to the play-offs.
The club, which is managed by former Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino, sit atop the MLS Eastern Conference standings and are the favourites for the MLS Shield after a stellar season.
Almiron isn’t the only one of his number that have been attracting the attentions of European suitors, with the league record-setter Josep Martinez looking likely to make a move abroad sooner rather than later, too.
The Venezuelan centre-forward has bagged 30 goals already this term.
It’s been a remarkable success story for Atlanta United to date, considering the club has only been competing for less than two years.
The sale of newly-polished talent to the monied European market offers a perfect revenue stream to continue the growth of this would-be North American footballing giant.