Newcastle complete club-record signing of Paraguay star Miguel Almiron

Newcastle have completed the signing of Miguel Almiron for a club-record fee, with the playmaker signing on a five-and-a-half year deal after leaving Major League Soccer champions Atlanta United, as revealed on the Magpies’ official website.

What’s the word, then?

Negotiations over a move for the Paraguayan international have been ongoing throughout January, but the Magpies finally got their man on deadline day with Almiron signing for a fee of around £20m, via the BBC, which has finally broke the previous club-record deal to sign Michael Owen from Real Madrid for £16m, also as per the BBC, back in 2005.

Almiron starred for Atlanta last season, scoring 13 goals and recording 13 assists as he became an MLS champion, and has scored 21 goals in 62 league appearances throughout his career, all according to Transfermarkt.

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He becomes the Tynesiders’ second signing of the winter transfer window, following the arrival of Antonio Barecca on a six-month loan deal from Monaco, as per the club’s official Twitter account, although the club’s fans are far more excited by the arrival of the 13-cap Paraguayan international playmaker.

Where does he fit in Rafa Benitez’s 5-4-1 system?

Almiron is an exciting attacking midfielder who thrives in a No.10 role behind the striker. As seen on Whoscored, Benitez opted for a flat, four-man midfield in the 2-1 win over Manchester City, with Isaac Hayden and Sean Longstaff in central midfield and Christian Atsu and Ayoze Perez on the flanks.

If the former Liverpool and Chelsea boss is to carry on with that system, he will need to drop one of his central midfield two in order to deploy Almiron in a more advanced role.

Benitez could possibly adapt his system slightly, which he probably should do for a record signing. The Spaniard could change to a 5-3-1-1 system, with Almiron playing just behind Salomon Rondon up top, which would be an exciting blend of physical power, craft and guile in Newcastle’s attack. Whatever the formation, the St James’ Park faithful should be salivating over this signing.