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Arsenal are reportedly keen to sign Paraguayan international Miguel Almiron when the January transfer window opens.
The Gunners look set to land the 24-year-old midfielder for a fee of around £11 million, ($14.35m) fending off interest from Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, according to Team Talk .
The Gunners’ head of recruitment, Sven Mislintat, has been sanctioning the deal and hopes to have it concluded soon with Almiron then joining Arsenal when the MLS season concludes at the end of October.
Transfer rules state that Almiron would not be eligible to ply until the window reopens in January, but by joining now, it would allow him to get up to speed and familiarise himself with his new team-mates.
Now, according to an ESPN reporter, he will not play again for Atalanta and the MLS side have already identified his replacement.
— DiegoCora_ESPN (@diegocora_ESPN) October 5, 2018
The reason Almiron will not play again for Atalanta is that he picked up a hamstring injury. His side play Chicago Fire on October 21 and Toronto on October 28 before the MLS season comes to an end. Not, then, as dramatic a story as it might first have seemed.
He’s certainly not an injury-prone player with just one problem – a muscular issue in September 2017 that sidelined him for 22 days and four games – on his record. It seems almost fitting his hamstring snapped as soon as he was linked with Arsenal.