Potential Almiron transfer could boost Atlanta United's stature worldwide

$20 Million price tag, potential bidding war for Almiron's services???

John and Hugh
December 13, 2018 - 11:02 am
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Atlanta United fans are still reveling in the MLS Cup and Championship in this city! However, time is of the essence as the club prepares to get back to action in just two months. That includes the front office which has moves and contract negotiations to sort before that time.

On Sunday, Atlanta United announced the following end-of-season roster moves:

And on Tuesday, the club announced they had made a trade that sent Greg Garza to MLS expansion team Cincinnati. Garza penning a heartfelt message to the city of Atlanta.

The big question for most fans is about the future of Miguel Almiron. Almiron is under contract for three more years with Atlanta United. President Darren Eales told the Morning Show with John and Hugh on Tuesday that the club would not accept a low-ball offer if one of the major European soccer clubs wanted to pay a transfer fee to acquire the United star.

Atlanta United radio analyst Jason Longshore is confident a team would pay upwards of $20 million for Almiron.

"I think he'll get that transfer fee. I think there are enough clubs interested--I think you could get into a bit of a bidding war between a few--and that will happen."

However, Longshore said Atlanta is in a position where the don't necessarily have to sell their young talent.

"He wants to test himself in the biggest leagues in the world. Atlanta United is at a stature, especially of a financial backing, that they don't have to sell. They're not trying to balance the books here with this type of sale. If the numbers aren't what they want, Miguel Almiron will play here in 2019 and everybody will be happy."

So, will he or won't Miguel Almiron be a part of Atlanta United in 2019?

"I think the numbers will be what they're looking for. I think they're going to get the kind of offer they want, and it's going to be a transformational type of deal for this league and for Atlanta United's stature worldwide."

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