It appears as if Newcastle got their man. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta and Newcastle have come to terms that would send the Paraguayan to Newcastle.
Doug Roberson of the Atlanta Journal Constitution is the man breaking the story this time, and has been the most reliable source for all things related to Atlanta United. He has ceased to make any comments on the Almiron situation thus far, making his announcement that his sources claim a deal is done all the more valid.
Roberson is known for breaking the news of every single Atlanta United transfer to date, including the signing of Miguel Almiron when it first happened a few years ago.
Roberson claims his source is someone close to the player, and that the club has denied to comment on the matter. Atlanta United typically do not comment on any news involving personnel, there are plenty of examples of this. The most recent example of this was the club refusing to comment on the recent transfer of Pity Martinez until they announced it even though the deal was something that was common knowledge in Atlanta since November of last year.
Almiron of course was one of the best players in the MLS this past season. He finished 2nd in MVP voting behind teammate Josef Martinez while leading Atlanta United to their club’s first ever MLS Cup win. In two seasons Almiron has provided Atlanta with 21 goals and 28 assists, and hopefully he can do the same with Newcastle.
Update (1:56 PM EST): John Percy of the telegraph now has claimed the deal is worth $27 million USD or £20.55million. This would be a club record for Newcastle United, but still much less than many of their rivals are paying for players.
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
Mark Douglas of The Chronicle is saying Almiron is on his way to Newcastle for a medical as we speak. We of course cannot be too excited about players coming to Newcastle for medicals, as we have recently learned that does not guarantee a deal being complete.
So Almiron flying over for a medical at #nufc in next 24 hours. Negotiations have been tortuous but brinkmanship appears to have worked.— Mark Douglas (@MsiDouglas) January 29, 2019
Rafa's number one target all through the month so will be pleased if it goes through now.
Update (7:50 PM EST): According to friend of Coming Home Newcastle and resident Miguel Almiron expert, Roberto Rojas, Miguel will be leaving for Newcastle tonight.
BREAKING: Miguel Almiron will be leaving Atlanta tonight. Will be in England tomorrow to complete his medical and sign his contract with Newcastle United. #NUFC— Roberto Rojas (@RobertoRojas97) January 30, 2019
It is worth noting we tweeted earlier that something like this would happen.
Watch Newcastle announce a signing right before the match.— Coming Home Newcastle (@ComingHomeNUFC) January 29, 2019
Coming Home Newcastle will continue to update you with information as the story unfolds.