Despite bringing in Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez shortly after sending Calum Chambers and Joel Campbell on loan, Arsenal may not have made their final transfer of the summer.
According to Paraguayan reports, Miguel Almiron, who won the Paraguayan Primera División with Cerro Porteño in 2013, is reported to be on the cusp of a £11 million move to Emirates Stadium.
Can Arsenal get their man?
Players owned by third parties are never the easiest to get on board; in order bring down the 22-year-old, Arsenal should not only negotiate with his current club Atletico Lanus but also with his childhood club Cerro Porteño, who own 20 percent of his contract.
However, given Arsenal’s spending capacity, agreeing a deal with all the parties will likely be child’s play.
The player has also shown interest in an Arsenal move.
“It would be nice to play for Arsenal, but I still haven’t heard anything,” admitted the midfielder.
In addition, at least until now, no other club have registered their interest in him. If Arsenal act fast, they may unveil Almiron as their new summer signing along with Mustafi and Lucas.
What role will he play?
Since Almiron fulfills the Football Association criteria for a work permit, the London club can include him in the first team for the nascent season.
However, his role at the club remains undecided.
Although he can operate as a winger, Almiron is primarily a midfielder, and Arsenal already boast midfielders in abundance.
Arsene Wenger may choose to incorporate him into the first team in the wake of Joel Campbell’s move to Sporting Lisbon and Jack Wilshere’s potential loan move away from Arsenal, as the England international may need first-team minutes more desperately than the Cerro Porteño midfielder currently does.
Accordingly, should he complete the Emirates switch, Almiron will likely only play a bit-part role this season, provided he does not follow in the footsteps of Takuma Asano out of the club.
Will it be a justifiable transfer?
The Paraguay international will definitely make a poor first-team player, at least for Arsenal, at this stage of his career, and many Argentine pundits have alleged that he is physically unready to meet the demands of the English game.
However, given his potential, Almiron could, at the back of a few loan spells, become Arsenal-ready.
Arsenal definitely dropped the ball with the likes of Thomas Eisfeld and Wellington Silva, and history may repeat itself, but his arsenal features attributes no club would dare to overlook; he is technically sound, pacy, and boasts the dribbling ability that is archetypal of South American talents.
His tackling ability also stands out; like any Arsenal target, his passing range is outstanding.
If Arsenal only sign Almiron to immediately loan him out or prevent the other European heavyweights from identifying him as a future prospect, the transfer will make sense.
Arsenal shall sign someone in the mould of James Rodriguez if they fancy adding another first-team player to their roster.
Written by Praveen Paramasivam
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