Official: Newcastle complete Almiron signing

Miguel Almiron
HARRISON, NEW JERSEY - NOVEMBER 29: Miguel Almiron #10 of Atlanta United FC takes the ball in the second half against the New York Red Bulls during the Eastern Conference Finals Leg 2 match at Red Bull Arena on November 29, 2018 in Harrison, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Newcastle United Football Club have completed the signing of Miguel Almiron from Atalanta United for an undisclosed fee.

Almiron joins Newcastle from the Major League Soccer outfit on a permanent basis, signing a five-and-a-half-year deal which will keep him at St. James’ Park until June 2024.

The 24-year-old, who has 13 appearances for the Paraguayan national team, scores 13 goals and 13 assists to help Atlanta win the 2018 MLS Cup.

He started his career at Cerro Porteño in Paraguay before moving to Argentinian Primera Divisíon side Club Atlético Lanús in July 2015.

After spending nearly a-year-and-a-half with the Granate, Almirón moved to Atlanta in December 2016 and won “MLS Newcomer of the Year” award at the end of his first season at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

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Almirón has twice been selected for the MLS All-Star team, and was voted into the league’s Best XI at the end of both of his seasons with Atlanta.

“I’m very happy and eager to start and to meet my new team mates,” Almirón told the official Newcastle website.

“The league is very competitive, this is a historic club, and Rafa Benitez himself were the main reasons why I am here now.”

“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.”