MLS player joins Newcastle United in record deal
- The Magpies have confirmed signing Atlanta United forward Miguel Almiron
- Newcastle have paid around £20 million ($26m), surpassing their previous record
- The signing is also the highest amount for MLS
Newcastle United have just confirmed penning Atlanta United forward Miguel Almiron for a record £20 million ($26m).
The move has already surpassed £16m Newcastle paid for Michael Owen in 2005, simultaneously becoming the highest amount for a Major League Soccer club in history.
"I'm very happy and eager to start and to meet my new teammates," Almiron said. "The league is very competitive, this is a historic club and Rafa Benitez himself were the main reasons why I am here now.
Just 24 years old! Miguel Almirón’s career has been outstanding, proving himself in 3 different countries with different styles of football:— Diego A. Pinzón (@PinzonDiego) January 31, 2019
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🇦🇷 2016 Primera, Copa Bicentenario, Supercopa (@clublanus)
🇺🇸 2018 MLS Cup (@ATLUTD)#WorAlmirón
"I think it is a great responsibility, something beautiful for me, and I will try to offer the best I can to repay the trust the club put in me."
Newcastle boss Benitez said: "We were following Miguel for a while and we saw a player with some pace in attack, who can play behind the striker. We have someone who can score goals and give assists.
"We know that MLS is a different challenge to the Premier League but he has the potential to do what we are expecting and what we need."