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Report: La Liga club ready to join race to sign Miguel Almiron

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Atlanta United’s No. 10 has many suitors.

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As the various transfer windows across the world start to open up for the new year, it’s about time for Atlanta United to field offers for their top assets. Interest in Miguel Almiron has been widely reported, most of it coming from England and Germany.

According to a report by Spanish outlet GOL Digital, a La Liga club looks set to enter the race for the Paraguayan’s signature. They say that Real Betis are interested in signing Almiron, but will need to try and negotiate for a lower transfer fee than the supposed €28 million set by Atlanta United.

Newcastle United has been the club most heavily linked with Almiron the past month, however recent reports indicate that Atlanta’s demands were too rich for their blood. West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur, and Arsenal have all been linked to varying degrees in the past. Even current Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund have been rumored to have their eye on Atlanta’s playmaker.

It’s no secret that Almiron has a desire to play at a high level in Europe and to do so very soon. It’s also the worst kept secret in MLS that Atlanta are set to bring in Gonzalo “Pity” Martinez sometime this winter, adding another Designated Player to the roster. This would require Atlanta to sell a current DP before the MLS roster compliance date, with Almiron being the most logical candidate.

Does Betis make sense for Almiron? Stylistically, he does. But, Real Betis aren’t exactly huge spenders in the transfer market. They have dabbled in spending large sums on transfers in the past, but it’s not something they do consistently like the Premier League clubs who have already been mentioned.

The window in Europe is officially open. It’s going to be an interesting winter as far as transfers and Atlanta United go. Let’s see how it all shakes out.