Newcastle joins Arsenal, Milan in race for Atlanta United star

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Ayoze Perez could soon face competition from an MLS star at St. James’ Park.

Miguel Almiron has been linked with a move to Arsenal or AC Milan, but the Northeast Chronicle says Rafa Benitez would like to bring the Paraguayan to the Premier League.

It would be a January move for Almiron, who turns 24 in February.

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Almiron scored nine goals and added eight assists in 30 matches for Atlanta after the expansion club purchased him from Lanus for $9 million.

Citing Calcio Mercato, the Chronicle says Atlanta expects to sell Almiron for more than twice the price (around $20 million).

The Magpies remain interested in Cenk Tosun of Besiktas, but reportedly now like teammates Tolgay Arslan and Oguzhan Ozyakup after some midweek UEFA Champions League scouting work.

Benitez is said to have two plans for the January market, a standard one and another which would be buttressed if Mike Ashley sells the team.