Newcastle have played blinder on Almiron fee

Atlanta United star Miguel Almiron is in England to complete his move to Newcastle United according to multiple reports.

"The issue will be how quickly he can make the transition from MLS to the Premier League". The specific fee was not released by the clubs, though it's been heavily reported to be $27 million and ATL confirmed that the amount sets a new MLS record for an outgoing transfer.

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

"Two years later, we couldn't be happier with what Miguel has contributed to the club, and that he is realizing his dream of playing in the Premier League". Though, are we a little bit short on wingers without him?

In two seasons, Almirón appeared in 70 matches across all competitions and scored 22 goals with 30 assists.

A two-time All-Star, Almiron finished as runner-up to teammate Josef Martinez in MLS MVP voting this season.

The Paraguay worldwide is coming off a huge season with Atlanta, scoring 13 goals and laying on 13 assists as he helped lead them to an MLS Cup triumph.

Almiron, who began his career with Cerro Poteno in his native Paraguay before heading for the United States via Argentinian side Atletico Lanus, was twice named in the MLS Best XI during his time in America. He was also a two-time MLS Player of the Week, seven- time selection to the MLS Team of the Week, and won MLS Goal of the Week on three occasions'.

There has been no official mention yet of the fee, though Atlanta president Darren Eales had been adamant that Almiron was worth in the $30 million range-a figure that would smash Newcastle's club record of £16 million ($21 million) paid for Michael Owen in 2005.

  • Stacy Allen