Newcastle United completed two major deals on the deadline day to provide Rafael Benitez with enough firepower in his pursuit of the Premier League survival
Atlanta United’s Miguel Almiron and AS Monaco’s Antonio Barreca landed at the St. James’ Park in the final hours of the January transfer window.
It was the Magpies’ last-ditch attempt to assemble a squad competitive enough to avoid the Premier League relegation.
Mike Ashley has splashed out £20 million to secure the services of now former Atlanta United man, who has been one of the best players in the MLS last season.
OFFICIAL: Miguel Almiron completes move to Newcastle for a club-record $27M fee, making him the most expensive MLS player of all time. pic.twitter.com/v4qKxU3WHe— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) January 31, 2019
A devastating pace and an excellent technique are the main reasons Newcastle decided to break the club’s record to hire the 24-year-old Paraguayan.
Meanwhile, AS Monaco left-back has also arrived at the St. James’ Park on loan until the end of the season after Paul Dummett picked up a thigh injury.
The Italian external defender has failed to leave a mark in the French Ligue 1 although he was regarded as one of the most promising left-backs in Europe during his time at Torino.
Currently sitting 14th in the table, Newcastle have a five-point lead over 18th-placed Cardiff City, but the next few weeks will be crucial for Benitez’s men to keep the top-flight status for at least one more season.