An Arsenal target as recently as this summer, Miguel Almiron will head to Atlanta United FC in a marquee signing for the MLS expansion club.
Atlanta announced the addition of Almiron, the 22-year-old Paraguayan playmaker, on Monday, adding to its impressive haul of talent entering its inaugural season.
The highly rated Almiron reportedly cost Atlanta $8.5 million to pry from Argentina's Club Lanus, making him one of the more lucrative purchases in MLS history.
“Our club’s ambition is to acquire quality players heading into their peak playing years, and Miguel’s youth and ability absolutely speak to that,” Atlanta United president Darren Eales said in a club statement. “He’s highly regarded as one of the top young players in South America and we couldn’t be happier that he has chosen to continue his already impressive career here in Atlanta.”
Almiron, who started against the United States at Copa America Centenario, becomes Atlanta's 10th player under contract, joining the likes of Trinidad & Tobago and Premier League veteran forward Kenwyne Jones and U.S. youth internationals Andrew Carleton and Brandon Vazquez. Argentine winger Hector Villalba, like Almiron, is a Young Designated Player.
“Miguel is a player I’ve long admired,” Atlanta United manager Gerardo “Tata” Martino said. “He is a very skillful player with excellent technique and great vision. He is currently one of the best players in Argentina’s top league and we’re really excited that he’s joining Atlanta United.”