Miguel Almiron en route to Tyneside after Atlanta agree fee with Newcastle United
Miguel Almiron is on his way to Newcastle United.
Some 13 weeks after first been linked with the club, the Paraguayan is set to join Newcastle.
AJC in Atlanta broke the story on Tuesday evening, saying that they had heard about the move from somebody close to the player.
They said a price had been agreed between the two clubs and Miguel Almiron was now on his way to Tyneside for a medical.
Sky Sports have now also backed up the story, saying the fee is likely to surpass the £16.8m paid for Michael Owen in August 2005.
Earlier on Tuesday afternoon, Sky Sports had said Newcastle were in talks to bring in Antonio Barreca and Andreas Samaris on loan, as well as Rafa Benitez hoping to bring in two (unnamed) attacking players.
Miguel Almiron’s agent Daniel Campos was spotted at St James Park when Newcastle beat Bournemouth 2-1 in November and after that game he (Campos) told media in Paraguay that Almiron was hoping to move to a Premier League club in January 2019.
The player returned for pre-season training on 14 January, so will have made a start on his fitness but assuming the transfer goes ahead, it will surely be weeks not days before he could feature for the first team.
‘Atlanta United and Newcastle agreed to terms on Tuesday on the transfer of Miguel Almiron, according to a person close to the player.
Almiron, one of the best players in MLS the past two seasons, is flying to Newcastle on Tuesday for a physical.
Almiron, 24, helped Atlanta United win the MLS Cup last season. In two seasons, he has scored 21 goals, added 28 assists and twice been named an All-Star. He finished second to Josef Martinez last season in the MVP voting.’
‘Newcastle have agreed terms with Atlanta United for Miguel Almiron, Sky Sports News understands.
It is understood the MLS midfielder is travelling to the UK on Tuesday night for a medical.
It is likely to be a club-record transfer.’
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