Manchester United have reignited their interest on Saul Niguez after the Spanish transfer target rejected a new contract at Atletico Madrid, according to Spanish news outlet AS.
The Atletico board and the player’s agent Jorge Mendes, and his father, Boria Niguez have been in talks over a possible extension but the pay demands of the Spaniard, five million euros per season – are above what the club is ready to meet.
The 21-year-old midfielder has been watched closely by United scouts for the last 12 months and Atletico have been desperate to tie him down rejecting any kind of offers. The Red Devils this season has suffered for a perfect midfield combination with several first team players getting injured ahead of crunch matches and Louis van Gaal has been left with a makeshift midfield to fight against all odds.
The La Liga outfit already have him on a contract that runs till 2020 along with a £25million buy-out clause but now Manchester United could step in with a lucrative offer this summer amid a contract stand-off.
Niguez has become more of a first-team regular this term, earning the trust of Diego Simeone with a string of dynamic displays.
Saul was briefly enjoyed his time at Real Madrid’s youth academy before switching to Atletico in 2008
Apart from Manchester United, Arsenal have also been linked with the highly rated youngster, who has won 15 caps for the Spain U21 side.
However, in an interview last month, Saul rubbished any possibility of leaving Atletico at the end of the season, claiming he wanted to stay at the Vicente Calderon for the rest of his career. “I have been here half of my life. It would be very nice [to hang my boots up at Atletico Madrid]. I would like to stay here forever,” he stated.
Saul’s ability to bounce-back from any mistake that reduces your confidence proves the quality and mental strength the 21 year old has. The former Atletico Madrid B player has been used more regularly in La Liga this term, being capped 18 times, and with 14 games left in the league, he can certainly surpass his 24 games played last season.