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Miguel Almiron aiming to make the jump to Europe in 2019

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The Atlanta United midfielder has his sights set on the big time.

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Rumors and speculation regarding Miguel Almiron’s long-term future in Atlanta have been coming fast and furious since seemingly the first day he became an Atlanta United player. Now we have a solid time frame for when we can expect the midfielder to depart for Europe.

Speaking with ESPNFC after a training session for the 2018 MLS All-Star Game, the Paraguayan has stated that he hopes to make the move to Europe next year.

“I have said it before, that my objective is to play in Europe. I work daily on that. I’m happy here in Atlanta. The club makes me feel comfortable, but yes, in 2019, hopefully I will be playing in Europe.”

—Miguel Almiron; Source: ESPNFC

The full interview is worth your time to read, but the most important info seems to be that Almiron has his sights set on going overseas in 2019. You can’t blame him, either. He has been forthright about having an ambition to play at the highest level since his arrival at the club. The United technical staff has also been honest with everyone, saying that they know he’ll move on to bigger things in the future.

Reports earlier this month have Almiron’s price tag at around 20 million euros. Plenty of clubs around Europe have been linked with a move for the 24-year-old’s signature, but no firm transfer bids have been confirmed.

Almiron’s form has been sporadic of late, but his full body of work in MLS cannot be debated. He’s been one of the best and most productive players in the league since signing with Atlanta in late 2016. Enjoy him while you can because this could very well be the last stretch of games you see Miggy galloping past defenders with the Five Stripes.