Newcastle’s most expensive signings

Newcastle have broken their transfer record to sign Paraguay playmaker Miguel Almiron from Atlanta United. The £21million fee exceeds by £5million the amount paid for Michael Owen 14 years ago.

Here, Football Paradise looks at Newcastle’s most expensive players.

Miguel Almiron (from Atlanta United, £21million, 2019)

The 24-year-old, who has 13 Paraguay caps, is an attacking midfielder who has previously played for Cerro Porteno in his home country and Lanus in Argentina. He scored 13 goals last season as Atlanta won the MLS Cup.

Michael Owen (Real Madrid, £16million, 2005)

Owen endured four injury-hit years at Newcastle
Owen endured four injury-hit years at Newcastle (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Newcastle pulled off a coup to land the England striker despite interest from his former club Liverpool, whom he had left the previous year. Owen scored only 26 league goals for the club during an injury-plagued four-year spell.

Alan Shearer (Blackburn, £15million, 1996)

Shearer became Newcastle's record goalscorer
Shearer became Newcastle’s record goalscorer (Martin Rickett/PA)

Shearer was already a Premier League and international star when he fulfilled his boyhood dream by joining hometown Newcastle in a then club record deal. He went on to score a club record 206 goals in 405 appearances.

Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV Eindhoven, £14.5million, 2016)

Wijnaldum was lured to Liverpool after just a year at St James' Park
Wijnaldum was lured to Liverpool after just a year at St James’ Park (Owen Humphreys/PA)

The Dutch midfielder made a positive impression in his only season at St James’ Park, playing in all 38 Premier League games and scoring 11 goals before Liverpool snapped him up for £25million.

Aleksandar Mitrovic (Anderlecht, £14million, 2015)

Mitrovic is now a key part of the Fulham side
Mitrovic is now a key part of the Fulham side (Dave Thompson/PA)

Newcastle landed the talented Serbia striker on a five-year deal but he impressed only in flashes and struggled to hold down a regular place before joining Fulham on loan in January 2018. That move was later made permanent.

Florian Thauvin (Marseille, £13million, 2015)

Thauvin is best remembered on Newcastle for his choice of clothing
Thauvin is best remembered on Newcastle for his choice of clothing (Richard Sellers/PA)

The French winger came highly rated but he proved a big flop for Steve McClaren, with his brief spell at Newcastle best remembered for the games he arrived at wearing a tuxedo. Has flourished since returning to Marseille, initially on loan, after just six months on Tyneside.

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