Newcastle United sign Miguel Almiron in club record £21m deal

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       Watch Atlanta United star Miguel Almiron's best bits from MLS this season

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"I am very happy to be here", Barreca told the club website.

Atlanta have been playing hard-ball on the fee, which it is understood could rival the club record £16million Newcastle paid for Michael Owen in 2005.

The 23-year-old only joined Monaco last summer but the French outfit has suffered a tumultuous 2018-19 campaign that has seen them both hire and fire Thierry Henry as head coach.

"I think it is a great responsibility, something attractive for me, and I will try to offer the best I can to repay the trust the club put in me".

Newcastle United complete a club-record deal to sign Paraguayan forward Miguel Almiron. We have someone who can score goals and give assists.

Presumably, when Mills refers to him as an "unknown" he is simply admitting that he, himself, has absolutely no clue about Almiron and hasn't bothered to do his research about a player with over 130 senior league appearances to his name and top division league titles from the US, Argentina and Paraguay in his trophy cabinet.

The January transfer window closes at 11 p.m. GMT on Thursday.

Given the arrival of Almiron, you'd expect that Murphy was only going to have fallen even further down the pecking order, and so there's no real space for him in the squad at present.

The Paraguay global is coming off a huge season with Atlanta, scoring 13 goals and laying on 13 assists as he helped lead them to an MLS Cup triumph.

'His impact in MLS has been really good - he's been one of the best players this year - and hopefully he can give us more competition and more quality in the final third. "I have accepted this challenge with a great deal of enthusiasm and I can't wait to start", said Barreca in a statement.

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez was keeping his fingers crossed on Tuesday evening after the club made a breakthrough in their pursuit of Paraguay worldwide Miguel Almiron.

"He has the attributes, he has the quality and he has the characteristics that we look for".

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