Miguel Almiron’s successful tenure with Atlanta United appears to have come to an end.
The AJC’s Doug Roberson is reporting that the Paraguayan midfielder has been sold to Premier League side Newcastle United, pending a physical and league approval. Roberson reports that Almiron is headed out to Newcastle today.
In two years with Atlanta United, Almiron quickly became a fan favorite, totaling 22 goals and 19 assists during his time with the Five Stripes. He was a key figure in Atlanta winning its first MLS Cup in 2018, scoring 13 goals and 11 assists, and was one of two players - the other being Josef Martinez - to place on the league’s Best XI in both 2017 and 2018.
Almiron’s sale means that the club is now in line with MLS roster rules as it opens up a designated player slot for Pity Martinez, who was officially announced as a member of Atlanta United last week. While the transfer fee is not known yet, Atlanta were reportedly looking for around USD $28-$30 million.
Multiple sources are now confirming the reports, with John Percy from The Telegraph adding a reported price of $27 million.
Newcastle are close to agreeing a deal worth around $27m with Atlanta for striker Miguel Almiròn. A deal has advanced significantly over the past 24 hours. Will be a club record #nufc— John Percy (@JPercyTelegraph) January 29, 2019
I now have a source confirming that the teams have agreed to terms. Physical still to be done, and official documents must still be signed. So still reason to hold your breath. https://t.co/Cc43YQhuqx— Paul Tenorio (@PaulTenorio) January 29, 2019
This appears to be a matter of getting the medical done and signing the paperwork at this point.
More to come as this story develops.