Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley 'to prioritise new Rafael Benitez deal'

Arnold Nichols
February 2, 2019

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez was keeping his fingers crossed on Tuesday evening after the club made a breakthrough in their pursuit of Paraguay worldwide Miguel Almiron.

"I remember signing a player at Liverpool that people thought he had to work from day one, but I said we had signed him for five years". Giovinco's MVP season in 2015 was arguably the best individual season in league history, while Almiron's two-year stint with Atlanta United saw him emerge as the Five Stripes' most unsafe player.

The Paraguay global would become the club's record signing, overtaking the £16.5 million spent on Michael Owen from Real Madrid in 2005 (!).

"I know that Newcastle is a big and historic club", said the former Italy under-21 worldwide.

"I think it is a great responsibility, something attractive for me, and I will try to offer the best I can to repay the trust the club put in me".

Rafa Benitez says he is happier than one week ago but insists it would be wrong to assume he will sign a new contract just because Newcastle have finally broken their transfer record. We have someone who can score goals and give assists.

"We have signed two players without experience in the Premier League, so they will need some time", said Benitez.

Newcastle also signed left-back Antonio Barreca - who could make his debut in tomorrow's Premier League game against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley - on deadline day.

"We were following Miguel Almiron for a while, and we saw a player with some pace in attack, who can play behind the striker".

"From talking to the lad, you can tell that he is really focused and wants to do well".

"He has the attributes, he has the quality and he has the characteristics that we look for".

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