Reports: Atlanta scores $27 million transfer fee for Almiron
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Atlanta United FC and Newcastle United have agreed on the transfer of All-Star midfielder Miguel Almiron from the MLS champions to the Premier League team, according to multiple reports Tuesday.
The transfer fee hasn't been announced, but multiple reports peg it at $27 million. That it would be the highest transfer amount in MLS history.
Almiron was reportedly flying to Newcastle to take a physical on Tuesday.
The 24-year-old Almiron was a key cog as Atlanta United won the MLS Cup last season, and he finished second behind teammate Josef Martinez in the MVP balloting.
Almiron had 21 goals and 28 assists in 62 games over two seasons with the club. He had 12 goals and 14 assists in 32 matches in 2018, when he made $2.297 million, according to the MLS Players Association salary database.
Atlanta United were looking to move Almiron because they currently have four Designated Players -- a classification signaling a player makes more than $540,000 -- after signing South American Footballer of the Year Pity Martinez last week. MLS rules allow for just three Designated Players on a team.
Josef Martinez and midfielder Ezequiel Barco are Atlanta United's other Designated Players.