Manchester United are interested in Atletico Madrid’s attacking midfielder Saul Niguez. Manchester United are targeting Atletico Madrid star Saul Niguez again after losing out on Jadon Sancho, according to The Daily Star.
The 25 years old is considered to be one of the world’s best midfielders and has long been coveted by the Red Devils. The Star claims an offer was made for the player last summer.
Old Trafford bosses believe Atletico’s shock exit from the Champions League at the hands of RB Leipzig will boost their chances of luring Niguez to Manchester.
However, his nine-year contract, which has a €150 million (£135m) release clause, has made him untouchable in the transfer market to date.
Niguez, is regarded as one of the brightest talents in Europe and is believed to be considering his future at the Spanish outfit.
He fears Atletico’s lack of spending power and their low transfer budget might see him fail to win the biggest trophies if he remains with Diego Simeone’s men.
Niguez was disappointed at Atletico Madrid’s display and criticised his side’s display following the 2-1 defeat to Leipzig in Lisbon.
He said: “It hurts to lose, but our rivals were better in the game. They raised the tempo and we did not know how to react. They were superior to us, and at times we were not even close to stopping them.”
Niguez also refused to rule out a move away from Atleti in a June interview, saying ‘People say, “come out and deny it”, but then if you deny it and something happens, you look bad.
‘I just stick to playing football and what has to happen will happen’.
Manchester United are thought to be willing to hand the Spanish midfielder a long term deal worth £150,000-a-week and the possibility of playing alongside the likes of Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes is appealing.
Atletico Madrid have financial problems and have told Diego Simeone that he needs to sell before he can buy and they might believe that as Niguez turns 26 in a couple of months it is the right time to cash in on their investment and move him along.