According to Calcio Mercato, Newcastle United have joined Arsenal in the race to sign Atlanta United playmaker Miguel Almiron.
Almiron, 23, emerged as a star in his native Paraguay with Cerro Porteno, where six goals in 39 games earned him a 2015 move to Argentina with Lanus.
The attacking midfielder continued to thrive, scoring five goals in 44 games to spark interest from Atlanta United, and he made the move to Major League Soccer earlier this year.
His first season in the United States has been a dream, as he has notched nine goals and eight assists in just 30 games, which has seemingly sparked interest in his signature.
Calcio Mercato report that, whilst Arsenal are keen on signing Almiron amid question marks over Mesut Ozil's future, Newcastle United have now joined them in the race to sign him.
The Magpies have mostly used Ayoze Perez in an attacking midfield role this season, and whilst the Spaniard has worked hard, many feel that he lacks the creativity and goal threat that Rafael Benitez needs.
Almiron provides that ability to create chances for his teammates, but has has been a goalscoring midfielder throughout his career, and that could be appealing to Newcastle.
It may take a huge fee to convince Atlanta United to sell their star man, and fans may be concerned about relying on an MLS player in the Premier League, but Almiron's quality is undoubted, and he could be an exciting addition to Newcastle's hot-and-cold attack.
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