In one of the most painless transfer sagas in recent memory, it appears that Atlanta United’s rumored acquisition of Lanus midfielder Miguel Almiron is close to completion.
According to ESPNFC’s Jeff Carlisle, the transfer is “95 percent done” and will include an $8 million transfer fee instead of the initial $13 million that was reported.
Lanus midfielder Miguel Almiron's move to Atlanta United is "95 percent done" and will cost the MLS expansion club a transfer fee of around $8 million, according to multiple league sources.
This rumor began on Friday night with a report from Argentine journalist Gustavo Lopez saying that the deal was happening for an MLS record $13 million. It appears that the actual fee will drop below that record now.
A day later, Atlanta United posted a not-so-cryptic teaser video on Twitter showing a No. 10 kit being made. In it, you can partially see an “ALMIRON” nameplate on the side.
On Sunday is when the move was basically confirmed but not official when the Paraguayan youngster was spotted on the sidelines of the Falcons game with Darren Eales and Carlos Bocanegra. That coincided with Tata Martino appearing on radio shows in Paraguay basically confirming the deal.
It appears all systems are a go. It just seems like a matter of when the club will officially announce it. With MLS Cup approaching, there’s a chance we may not get official confirmation until after to avoid conflicting with the league’s biggest match, but that’s just a complete guess at this point.