ARSENAL have reportedly agreed an £11m deal to sign highly-rated Atlanta United midfielder Miguel Almiron in January.
“Almiron’s future is already decided and will go to England in the European winter market”
The Paraguay international has impressed for the MLS expansion outfit since joining from Lanus last December and has been linked with several other clubs in Europe.
Other Premier League sides West Ham and Newcastle were also thought to be interested in the 24-year-old, as were Serie A giants Inter Milan.
The Gunners were linked with a move for Almiron last year and held tentative talks for his signature but his agent Daniel Campos admitted their interest went no further.
Campos told Sport Witness: “Actually there was an approach, but it didn’t go any further. I see it more for the future.
“That’s up to Lanus [how much Almiron would cost]. But around €10m (£8.5m).
“No doubt he’d be delighted to play in the Premier League and for Arsenal.”
Now, according to Fox Deportes USA, the midfielder is set to move to the Emirates when the transfer window reopens in the New Year.
And Atlanta president Darren Eales – formerly of Tottenham Hotspur – has confirmed Almiron will leave the American side.
“Almiron’s future is already decided and will go to England in the European winter market,” said Eales.
Almiron has impressed this season in the MLS, scoring 12 goals and providing 13 assists in 26 appearances.
Speaking in the summer about the prospect of moving to the Premier League, Almiron revealed his ambitions to succeed in the English top-flight.
“My objective has always been to go to Europe,” he said.
“I like the Premier League and I think they play a beautiful and competitive style of soccer.”
Almiron could replace Aaron Ramsey who looks set to leave the club after failing to agree a new deal.
The Welshman’s Arsenal contract expires next summer and the two parties are no closer to agreeing fresh terms.
Almiron is a similar player to Ramsey but plays in a slightly more advanced role.