Miguel Almiron’s agent reveals he rejected January offer from Arsenal

first_imgEmery had been keen to bring in January reinforcements and had his eye on Almiron (Getty)Arsenal were hamstrung by their lack of funds in the January window, limited to only making loan signings.Unai Emery had wanted to bolster his options with both a winger and a midfielder, eventually bringing in Denis Suarez from Barcelona on a six-month deal, with Almiron moving to Newcastle instead.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors The Paraguayan has quickly made a big impression at St James’ Park (Picture: Getty)The agent of Newcastle United’s record signing Miguel Almiron says a host of Premier League clubs tried to sign him in January, including Arsenal, but he was not impressed by the Gunners’ offer.The Paraguay playmaker moved to St James’ Park from Atlanta United in a £20million deal that finally saw the Magpies break their transfer record almost 14 years after signing Michael Owen from Real Madrid for £16m in 2005.Almiron had plenty of suitors after impressing enormously in Major League Soccer and was named in the Team of the Year as Atlanta won the MLS Cup. Miguel Almiron’s agent reveals he turned down Arsenal to join Newcastle United Almiron started again on Tuesday night against Burnley (Picture: Getty)Now the 25-year-old’s agent, Daniel Campos, has claimed that Arsenal approached Almiron over a January loan move – though the player was only interested in a permanent deal.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Miguel Almiron is a footballer who went from less to more, now he is a more complete footballer,’ Campos told Paraguayan radio station ABC Cardinal.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘There was interest shown by Manchester United in Miguel Almiron but they never made an offer.‘Arsenal and Southampton offered loan deals for Miguel Almiron but we did not want it to be a loan.’ Commentcenter_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 26 Feb 2019 9:43 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link392Shares Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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UW defeats former coach Yeagley

first_imgWith a No. 6 ranking in the NCAA national polls, an unbeaten 6-0-2 record and a 17-4 goal differential against its first eight opponents, all signs pointed to Indiana as the clear favorite against the Wisconsin men’s soccer team Sunday.However, the Badgers (5-3-2) pulled an unlikely upset, beating the Hoosiers 2-0 at McClimon Soccer Complex for the first time since Oct., 13, 1995. The victory in Wisconsin’s Big Ten opener extended UW’s unbeaten streak to five games.Beating Indiana carries extra weight for the Badgers, as IU head coach Todd Yeagley coached UW in 2009. Wisconsin head coach John Trask also said Yeagley and his IU assistants recruited more than half the players on UW’s current roster.“Those guys recruited most of our team,” Trask said. “So, was it a big deal to my guys? I’m sure it was. Any time a coach leaves a university, you feel a little hard done by. … How much of that was in there with our guys? I don’t know. I think they know I’m the coach now, and we have a good working relationship. I love my guys. I’ll take my guys any day of the week.”Trask also has roots at Indiana, playing for the IU soccer team from 1984-1987 and serving on its coaching staff for nine years, during which the Hoosiers won eight Big Ten titles and back-to-back NCAA championships in 1998 and 1999.Wisconsin’s midfielder Tomislav Zadro put the team ahead 1-0 in the 53rd minute by converting on a hard strike to the far post from the edge of the 6-yard box. He was excited to see the team’s hard work pay off against such a talented opponent.“Honestly, I am so amazed,” Zadro said. “We’ve been practicing really hard. We needed a big win, and thank God it came. I’m just really proud of all our guys.”Zadro said Trasks’ halftime speech inspired a more aggressive and confident performance in the second half.“Coach talked to us at halftime, and he honestly made us believe that we could beat them and that we’re the better team,” Zadro said. “We just came out really strong, and we got two goals.”According to Zadro, the Badgers are incredibly confident that they will beat every team they play, even when trailing. He even said that if the team can beat Indiana, it could definitely beat any team in the country.Zadro leads Wisconsin in points with 11 off of two goals and five assists. Sunday’s goal marked his seventh consecutive game where he recorded at least one point. He said the whole team was ready for the competitive atmosphere they faced against Indiana.“We were all definitely really fired up about the game,” Zadro said. “Coach was really excited about it. He was preparing us well. You could tell on that field that it was a pretty intense game.”Sophomore goalkeeper Max Jentsch recorded five saves in the shutout victory and remains undefeated in goal on the season at 3-0-2. Jentsch says he hopes the IU victory will be a turning point for the team, now that it has won as many times through the first 10 games as it did the entire previous season. He described a different feel to the team this year.“It definitely feels a lot different,” Jentsch said. “If the games are closer at the end, we dominate more than the other team. We’re not always playing defense like we were last year. We’re putting the pressure on the other team.”Jentsch eliminated any hope of a Hoosier comeback when he saved IU midfielder Harrison Petts’ penalty kick in the 61st minute. At the time, Indiana appeared to be gaining momentum and could have knotted the game up at 1-1, but Jentsch made a diving stop to preserve the lead for UW.Trask said Wisconsin showed its maturity and assurance they could compete with a more highly-touted opponent when they came out aggressively and attacked in the second half.“I actually got on them at halftime because I didn’t think they were playing confidently enough,” Trask said. “I think they were believing in the hype of Indiana … and I challenged them. I said, ‘Guys, are you really playing the way we want you to play?’“I think that second half, we started winning balls and tackling. I told the guys after the game sometimes when you’re aggressive, you’re going to foul the other team, but a good soccer team doesn’t play with zero fouls. That’s part of soccer.”last_img read more

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