In Focus: Newcastle target Miguel Almiron could be an Ayoze Perez upgrade

According to Italian media outlet Calciomercato, Newcastle United are interested in Atlanta United midfielder Miguel Almiron, who is rated at £15m according to The Mirror, although they could face competition for his signature from Premier League rivals Arsenal and Inter Milan.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Calciomercato says that the trio are keen on the Paraguay international, who has been one of the most impressive performers in the MLS this season.

The 23-year-old is now attracting admiring glances from a number of European clubs, and it only seems to be a matter of time before he leaves America for pastures new.

How good has he been this term?

He has been very good.

The attacking midfielder, who can also play in a deeper role in midfield and on the wing, has scored nine goals and provided a further eight assists in 30 MLS appearances since joining Atlanta in December 2016.

Having been named in the MLS Team of the Week on seven occasions since then, it is clear to see that he has made a huge impression in the States.

Would he be a good signing for Newcastle?

Of course, it is hard to judge the jump from the MLS to the Premier League but he already looks to be too good for that level of football.

That suggests he is ready to make that step up to European football and given the Magpies have little competition for Ayoze Perez in the attacking midfield position, he could be the ideal acquisition Rafa Benitez needs either in January or next summer if the Tyneside outfit are looking to upgrade in that spot.

Would they see off competition from Arsenal and Inter?

It would depend on the player’s personal aims.

If he wants to have more chance of playing regularly then a move to St James’ Park would be a no-brainer, but then on the other hand it may be difficult to turn down the chance to join a European giant like Arsenal or Inter.