Atlanta's Eales: No formal offers for Premier League target Almiron
Posted On March 22, 2019
The club has not received a formal offer for the midfielder while a move for Pity Martinez has yet to be finalized despite recent comments
Miguel Almiron has been widely linked with a move to the Premier League in January, but Atlanta United president Darren Eales says the club has not yet received any offers for the Paraguayan star.
Almiron helped lead Atlanta United to an MLS Cup title on Saturday in a match that solidified his legacy with the club while also proving that he’s more than ready to make the jump to Europe.
The midfielder fired 12 goals and provided 14 more assists in 2018 while also setting up the second goal of Atlanta’s 2-0 win over the Portland Timbers on Saturday.
Eales previously stated that the club was unwilling to sell Almiron for “chump change” amid links to Arsenal, Tottenham and Newcastle.
“Clearly there’s been a lot of interest, not only in the Premier League but from top clubs around Europe,” Eales said following the club’s MLS Cup parade, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
“I’d expect that because he he’s had a wonderful season. The reality is, and forgive me for repeating myself, he’s got three more years under contract with Atlanta United.
“He’s one of our top players. We’re MLS Cup champions. We have an owner in Arthur Blank who wants to win. If the right offer comes in that’s right for Miggy, right for the club and right for the league then we will consider it.”
Atlanta has been widely linked with another South American playmaker in the wake of the Almiron reports, as River Plate’s Gonzalo ‘Pity’ Martinez is expected to be signed as the Paraguayan’s replacement.
Martinez scored the third and final goal of River’s Copa Libertadores final win over Boca Juniors over the weekend.
Following the win, he said he will be moving to Atlanta following the Club World Cup, but Eales says nothing is official just yet.
“I saw that, people keep talking about this Pity Martinez, and he mentioned it himself,” Eales said.
“We’ve certainly got some irons in the fire and we are always looking to improve the squad.
“When there’s something official we will announce it.”
Martinez would be unable to join the squad until the January window while the club would also need to move one of its Designated Players, Almiron, Josef Martinez or Ezequiel Barco, to make room for the Argentinian playmaker.