Manchester United could meet release clause of Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez
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Reports stemming from England have credited Manchester United with an interest in Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez
Saul Niguez’s Atletico stint
Niguez would join Atletico Madrid’s ranks in 2008, departing Real Madrid’s under-17 side on a free.
And barring a loan stint with Rayo Vallecano, Niguez has spent his entire senior career at the Wanda Metropolitano.
All told, Saul has featured 329 times across all competitions for Atletico, in which the central midfielder has scored 43 goals and provided 18 assists.
The 26-year-old is a central midfielder by trade, but can also be used on the left of a flat midfield four, like he has been on a number of occasions this term.
MADRID, SPAIN – DECEMBER 11: Saul Niguez of Atletico de Madrid in action during the UEFA Champions League group D match between Atletico Madrid and Lokomotiv Moskva at Wanda Metropolitano on December 11, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Xaume Olleros/Getty Images)
Man United linked with Saul
Now, as mentioned above Saul, is once again being linked with a Manchester United switch.
Reports last year claimed that the Red Devils had been scouting the midfielder ahead of making a potential £70m offer:
Manchester United secretly sent scouts to watch Saul Niguez as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer weighs-up a £70m offer for the Atletico Madrid star.
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 15, 2020
The reports emerging this weekend, though, suggest the Spaniard could be available for much less than £70m.
Saul is currently contracted to Atletico until the summer of 2026. However, according to the Daily Star, citing the Mirror, United could meet the release clause of Niguez to help bolster their midfield.
Said release clause, as per the report, is believed to be around £43m.
And given that Man United are probably in need of a defensive-minded midfielder this summer, Saul could potentially represent a real bargain at £43m.