Newcastle United’s £21m departure likely as double free agent swoop eyed

Miguel Almiron signed from Atlanta United for £21million in 2019Miguel Almiron signed from Atlanta United for £21million in 2019
Miguel Almiron signed from Atlanta United for £21million in 2019 | Getty Images
Newcastle United chiefs will reportedly allow Miguel Almiron to leave at the end of the season

Miguel Almiron will be allowed to leave Newcastle United this summer, according to reports.

The Paraguayan has been a staple for the Magpies since arriving from Atlanta United five years ago. Almiron joined for £21million in January 2019 - Newcastle’s record fee at the time.

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He quickly became a fans’ favourite for his beaming smile and relentless work ethic, although a lack of killer instinct in the final third frustrated supporters. Those concerns appeared put to bed last season when Almiron enjoyed his finest goalscoring campaign.

The forward netted 11 Premier League goals to play a vital role in earning Newcastle their first Champions League finish for 20 years. His intensity made him tailor-made for Eddie Howe’s heavy-pressing style.

However, Almiron has reverted to inconsistency in 2023-24 and questions remain about his long-term capabilities. Just three Premier League goals is more akin to the 30-year-old’s figures before his revival under Howe.

Reports suggested Almiron was close to joining Saudi Pro League club Al-Shabab in January before a deal broke down. The i claim interest could reignite early in the summer, with Newcastle keen to align with FFP/PSR regulations before the June 30 cut-off point.

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Bournemouth defender Lloyd Kelly and Fulham’s Tosin Adarabioyo are also named as potential reinforcements. Both centre-backs are out of contract in the summer and would be open to a Newcastle move.

The position has become a priority for the Magpies following long-term injuries to Sven Botman and Jamaal Lascelles. Signing either on a free allows for big bucks to be spent elsewhere as Toon chiefs plan a busy summer rebuild.

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