Liverpool join Manchester United in the pursuit of Atletico Madrid player Saul Niguez. The 26-year-old central midfielder recently won the 2020-21 La Liga title with his current club.
He was earlier rumoured for a move to Old Trafford and now, the Red Devils are going to try again. Saul wants a new challenge after 13 years at Wanda Metropolitano.
His contract would only expire after five years and thus, he would be available in a big-money deal. Atletico are expecting at least £40 million for the Spaniard. Liverpool and Manchester United will go head to head to sign Saul this summer.
Liverpool have an edge over Manchester United in signing Saul
Saul Niguez made his senior debut for the current La Liga champions aged just 17 years in 2012. Since then, he made 337 appearances for Los Colchoneros scoring 43 goals and 19 assists.
Despite the fact that he did well in the big games he played, he has not been a regular under Diego Simeone. Also, he has been left out from the national team, Spain, in their preparation for the Euro 2020. Thus, he will have to prove himself at another club where he might gain more playing time.
Simeone wasn’t happy about Saul’s performance and he spoke before the Copa del Rey victory against Cardassar. He said,
“He knows he has to improve, he will work for it, and we hope he will give us the things he has always given us.”
Liverpool are playing a so called “heavy metal football” and Saul might fit well alongside his former national teammate, Thiago Alcantara. Midfield is certainly one of the main concerns for Jurgen Klopp and thus, signing the experienced midfielder would be a solution.
However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might also seize this opportunity to sign him as Paul Pogba may be heading out from Old Trafford. Clubs like Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint Germain are also reportedly in the race to sign him and the former is rumoured to ask for £68 million for signing him.
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