Atlanta United look for MLS record transfer fee from Arsenal or Newcastle
Drew Bartle Head Sports Editor
MLS cup winners last weekend against Portland Timbers, Atlanta United will now do well to keep hold of all of their star assets after an impressive championship winning campaign – in only the second ever season as a franchise.
A report in the Mirror states that Atlanta are ready to squeeze out a league record transfer fee for top asset Miguel Almiron – with Arsenal and Newcastle told they will have to stump up at least £30 million for the Paraguayan international.
The 24-year old has captured plenty of headlines in MLS this season with 13 goals and 13 assists in a memorable run that led to lifting the ultimate prize for the relative newbies in the league.
The club President Darren Eales was quoted by the Mirror stating that Almiron is going nowhere on the cheap;
“I will only get out of bed when it starts with a 3! That is the sort of level it has to be for a player of his quality.’
“He’s that good? Yes, he’s great really.I am not surprised there is interest from top clubs. He has got great ability. He is faster with the ball than without.”
It’s believed that Newcastle have identified the Paraguayan as their number one January transfer target, while Arsenal are also keen amid doubts over the future of Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey.
The current transfer out of MLS record could reach around £16 million for Alphonso Davies who signed for Bayern Munich from Vancouver Whitecaps. Atlanta though boast two of the top three biggest spends, with Miguel Almiron signing for just under £7 million back in 2016.