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According to Bruno Pont of ABC Cardinal 730 AM earlier this week, Almiron will soon be a Newcastle United player after both clubs and player reached an agreement. Pont said Almiron will be a Newcastle player in a "few hours".
Miguel Almirón firmará en las próximas horas con el Newcastle de Inglaterra,ya hay un acuerdo de todas las partes.— Bruno Pont (@BrunoPont) December 12, 2018
Walter Estigarribia adds that Almiron will be the most expensive player in Paraguayan history. The current record is £17.5 million, which Manchester City paid for striker Roque Santa Cruz in 2009.
Miguel Almirón está a nada de ser el fubolista más caro en toda la historia del fútbol paraguayo. Jugará en la Premier League y fué un pedido exclusivo de Rafa Benitez, entrenador del Newcastle United. pic.twitter.com/2qzj9Guajn— Walter Estigarribia (@EstigarribiaPy) December 12, 2018
Almiron, 24, tallied 12 goals and 14 assists in 31 games this season and overcame a hamstring injury to return in time for the Audi 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs, where he helped lead his club to an MLS Cup triumph.
Atlanta United president Darren Eales said the club haven't received any concrete offers on Sky Sports on Wednesday morning.
Darren Eales confirms Atlanta United have not received any offers for Miguel Almiron yet. Eales: "Unless it is something that is a really serious offer, we will not consider it. The offer has to start with a 3 for me to consider it." #MLS #ATLUTD #NUFC— Joe Prince-Wright (@JPW_NBCSports) December 12, 2018
Eales joined ExtraTime Radio on Wednesday morning and again disputed the reports.
"It definitely isn't done. There's nothing done yet," Eales told Andrew Wiebe. Before confirming that no deal is in place, Eales explained the situation the club is in regarding Almiron.
"It'll be interesting...Miggy is under contract for another three years. We've got an owner who likes winning and has had a taste of success. We know that we don't have to sell the player but clearly the way that we've built the club, the way that we've brought the young players in, if the right offer comes in [selling him] is something we'd consider."
Almiron has been a rumored target for Arsenal, West Ham and Tottenham in recent months. Newcastle have been the most heavily rumored of late.
Almiron's replacement may already be lined up as River Plate star "Pity" Martinez revealed after winning the Copa Libertadores that he would be moving to Atlanta.