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If Almiron thrives in Premier League with Newcastle, MLS will benefit most

Ale Moreno breaks down Miguel Almiron's strengths and weaknesses and explains what Newcastle fans can expect from their newest transfer.

There is plenty riding on Miguel Almiron's progress in the Premier League now that he's completed his move from Atlanta United; it's bigger than Newcastle United and bigger than Paraguay. It has to do with the possibility of a shift in the architecture of the global game.

Almiron's £20 million move from Atlanta United to Newcastle has surely rammed home one point to the Europeans: namely, that Major League Soccer is much more than a glorified retirement home for famous old names. There...

Transfer window winners and losers: Newcastle, Chelsea, Milan impress; Tottenham and PSG don't

The transfer window in Europe is closed, but which clubs came out on top, and which suffered? We break down the winners and losers.

WINNERS

NEWCASTLE UNITED

Rafa Benitez must have woken up pinching himself this morning. Squeezing funds out of Mike Ashley tends to require Herculean effort, but Newcastle now have a new club-record signing, and there is every chance that, at around £20 million, Miguel Almiron will provide the kind of value their owner seeks.

Newcastle have been short of playmaking...

Mid-week numbers: A season's first for Juve, Messi's scoring streak, Pep falls short

Juventus' loss against Atalanta was their first in domestic competitions this season.
Juventus' loss against Atalanta was their first in domestic competitions this season.

Mid-week matches can be rather taxing on the schedules of the regular football fan, but sometimes the action is just worth it. This was one of those times.

In England, Rafa Benitez's Newcastle United stunned Manchester City (2-1) at St. James' Park but Liverpool couldn't extend their lead at the top to seven as Leicester City held them 1-1 at Anfield. The gap at the top of the PL is at five now. Burnley ended Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's perfect start at Manchester United but a 2-2 draw means he is still...

Sub Lukaku's instant impact shows Solskjaer's magic touch again at Man United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made it four wins out of four as Man United boss as his side beat Newcastle 2-0 at St James' Park.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made it four wins out of four as Man United boss as his side beat Newcastle 2-0 at St James' Park.

NEWCASTLE, England -- Here are three points from St. James' Park on Man United's 2-0 win at Newcastle in the Premier League.

1. Solskjaer does it again

Everything Ole Gunnar Solskjaer touches is turning to gold.

With Manchester United getting pushed onto the back foot in the second half against Newcastle, the Norwegian sent on Romelu Lukaku. Less than a minute later, the Belgian scored with his first touch, and a game that looked like it might end in a draw or worse was suddenly under...

Liverpool starting to believe they can win the Premier League following rout of Newcastle

LIVERPOOL, England -- Three quick thoughts on the whistle from Liverpool's 4-0 win over Newcastle United on Boxing Day.

1. Surging Liverpool go six points clear

Liverpool's push for their first-ever Premier League title is going from strength to strength. At the halfway point in the league season, Liverpool find themselves six points clear at the top of the table and around Anfield, people are starting to believe this may be the season when its 28-year wait for the league title comes to an...

Transfer Rater: Ashley Young to Roma, Miguel Almiron to Newcastle

Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the Whisper.

Here are today's top five emerging whispers. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip.

Chris Smalling to Everton

Everton are favourites to sign the Manchester United defender on a free transfer next summer, according to The Sun. The 28-year-old's current deal...