One of the MLS's brightest stars, Miguel Almiron, has signed a long-term deal with Newcastle United after Mike Ashley, in what is surely the most shocking move to happen all month, spent over 20 million pounds for a player.
The Paraguayan's contract with the Premier League club will last up to five and a half years and end after the 2023-24 season. And while the club has not disclosed the amount, numerous sources have said the Magpies have sent 21 million pounds (27.5 million dollars). If that amount is accurate, this transfer sum is not only the highest in the club's history but it is also the biggest deal in MLS.
We are delighted to announce the signing of forward Miguel Almirón from @ATLUTD.— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) January 31, 2019
The 24-year-old has penned a five-and-a-half-year deal which will keep him at St. James' Park until June 2024.
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Now, this is nothing but excellent news for the American top flight. Almiron was one of the league's great young players, and while he isn't from the United States, he will always have thousands of supporters from all over the country. Of course, Atlanta won't be hurting too bad from his departure, as they recently picked up River Plate superstar Pity Martinez for almost half of what they received for Almiron.
Newcastle's newest star told NUFC TV that he is "very happy and eager to start" his new journey at the club. He added that "The league is very competitive, this is a historic club, and Rafa Benitez himself" were three of the main reasons he chose to join the black and white.
Speaking of Benitez, he added that Almiron has "the potential to do what we are expecting, and what we need." The Spanish genius went on to say that "From talking to the lad, you can tell that he is really focused and wants to do well. He wants to be successful and he wants to help the team, to score goals and give assists if it is possible."
Almiron could potentially make his first appearance with the Magpies as soon as this weekend when they travel down to Wembley to play Tottenham. As of writing, Newcastle currently sit 14th in the league table and five points ahead of Cardiff City, the top team in the relegation zone.
Let us know how you think Almiron will do on Newcastle and whether or not this move will solidify the Magpies' survival in the Prem. We'd love to keep this conversation going.