Newcastle United will almost certainly break their 14 year old transfer record when they sign Miguel Almiron from Atlanta United after the two clubs came to an agreement over a reported £20.5 million deal.
In the summer of 2005 Newcastle United fans were whipped into a frenzy of excitement and optimism as they broke their club record transfer fee when they signed Michael Owen for £16.8 million from Real Madrid.
It was the second time in a row that Newcastle’s record had been broken by an England number nine as their previous record holder was Alan Shearer, when he moved from Blackburn for £15 million in 1996.
The transfer market is a hell of a lot different from when Owen made his move back in 2005 and Neymar’s transfer to PSG 18 months ago made transfer fees rise an incredible amount.
Whilst most clubs have broken their own transfer records several times over in recent years Mike Ashley’s wallet has remained closed tightly and the Magpies record looks almost embarrassing.
Now though the Premier League club look set to finally break it. According to the AJC in America Newcastle have agreed a £20.5 million deal for Atlanta United midfielder Miguel Almiron.
Almiron with the MLS Cup. Image: PA Images
The English club have reportedly been after Almiron for a while but earlier in the transfer window any possible deal seemed to have fallen away.
Prior to their league game against Manchester City on Tuesday night though reports started coming through that they had agreed the deal and the player was on his way to England.
Rafa Benitez has reportedly been unhappy at the state of transfers and the lack of any movement at the club and was considering leaving his post but does now seem on .
Newcastle fans were very happy to see Owen. Image: PA Images
Paraguayan Almiron joined Atlanta in December 2016, when they joined the MLS, for around $8 million and has enjoyed two seasons in the league.
Last season he scored 14 goals in the league and was an integral part of the Atlanta United side that won the MLS Cup, he was also picked in the League XI of the season.
Will it take Newcastle as long to break their transfer record again?