Manchester United seem to have received the green signal to sign Atletico Madrid’s inform midfielder Saul Niguez.
United hierarchy have been watching Niguez’s progress closely for some time and even tried their best to land him in January. But Niguez, contracted at Atletico until 2020, was not interested to leave then. He has a £25million buy-out clause but now Manchester United could step in with a lucrative offer this summer amid a contract stand-off.
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.
However, latest speculations in Spain suggest the 21-year-old now has had a change of mind and is reluctant to sign a new deal.
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.
Don Balon claims Atletico Madrid are losing their patience in their bid to tie him down to a new contract and have reportedly set their sights on Sporting Lisbon’s Joao Mario as Niguez’s possible replacement.
Arsenal were also interested to sign the talented midfielder as Arsene Wenger ready for an overhaul of his struggling midfield this summer, and were recently even placed an offer of around 23 million pounds.
But with Saul Niguez looking most likely to leave, Manchester United are the potential suitors all set to offer him a way out, and are believed to be preparing a bid of £31m.
The young Spaniard has so far scored eight goals in 26 appearances for Atletico this season and has been a key member of Diego Simeone’s side as they sit second in La Liga, nine points behind Barcelona. The midfielder had briefly enjoyed his time at Real Madrid’s youth academy before switching to Atletico in 2008.
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.