Fabrizio Romano: Manchester United could land Saul Niguez for between £34m-£38m
Speaking to The United Stand (h/t Manchester Evening News), reliable journalist Fabrizio Romano has shed light on Manchester United and their pursuit of Saul Niguez.
The Spanish international endured a difficult season at Atletico Madrid last time around and saw himself fall down the pecking order at the club. He made 41 appearances in all competitions as they won the La Liga title last season. Of his 33 appearances in La Liga, only 22 have come as a starter.
One seen as an integral part of Diego Simeone’s system, he isn’t untouchable anymore and could be allowed to move on this summer. There is an opportunity to land the 26-year-old here and United are making overtures. At 26, he is entering his prime and is proven at the highest level. Niguez will certainly add industry and quality to the Red Devils’ midfield.
According to the report, Romano confirms that United are in touch with the player’s representatives regarding a potential switch. While an offer is yet to be made, work appears to be getting done behind the scenes.
Atletico are reeling from the financial crisis that has engulfed the sport and are keen to cash in on the player. This is good news for United who are in a position to sign Niguez on the cheap, given his release clause. The 26-year-old would set the Red Devils back by between £34m-£38m, a rather fair price considering his quality.
The Spanish champions have already signed Argentine international Rodrigo de Paul who could be a readymade replacement for Niguez should he leave. As things stand, it would appear that all United need to do is meet the asking price for the midfielder. Whether they will do so remains to be seen.