Transfer Corner: What’s next for Saul Niguez?
Saul Niguez, 26, is one of the most sought-after midfielders in this ongoing summer transfer window. Presently, reports suggest that two English clubs, namely Chelsea and Manchester United are at loggerheads rooting for his inclusion.
The Spain international that was born in Elche, Alicante, Valencian Community, Spain moved to Real Madrid at the age of 11 before switching to cross-city rivals Atlético Madrid in 2008.
Saul Niguez has been an integral part of Colchoneros since 2012 and has represented the Madrid-based club in 229 appearances with 26 goals to his name.
One of the clubs seeking Saul’s signature is Chelsea. The London-based football club have opted for the Spanish international due to their inability to secure the signature of Declan rice which they’ve been longing to get since last season when Frank Lampard was their gaffer.
The Hammers are unwilling to let their prized asset go without a fight. 80 million pounds price was placed on him in July this year to fend off suitors. Meanwhile, the recent acquisition of Romelu Lukaku from inter Milan for 97 million Pounds may have been the cause for the blues backing down from their pursuit to land Rice from West Ham.
Manchester United, on the other hand, are on the lookout for a midfielder in the mold of Saul Niguez because of Paul Labile Pogba’s reluctance to commit his to the club.
A contract extension offer of four hundred thousand Pounds per week worth 50m Pounds per annum was presented before the commencement of the season but the French international seems to be unwilling to continue his sojourn at Old Trafford next season.
Therefore, the Old Trafford outfit are in a conundrum of losing him for free in the summer if he closes the door on putting pen to paper on an extension with them.
The former World Cup winner that shone in just concluded European championship, and was signed back from Juventus for 89million Pounds in 2016 is increasingly pushing them to the wall of no choice.
United are left with three options; Leave him to run down his contract, get him sold for a cut-price of 50m Pounds, or renegotiate with him to stay. According to reports, PSG is showing interest to secure the signature of united man.
Pogba is a cog in the wheel of the Manchester United team. He’s highly regarded as one of the best in his position. Discarding him could create a destabilizing void.
Saul Niguez from Atletico Madrid midfielder has been sounded as an ideal replacement for Paul Pogba if he leaves the club this summer.
Manchester United in this transfer window have already signed Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund for approximately 85m euros and Rafael Varane from Real Madrid for 41m Pounds but they are far from finished.
If Pogba is sold, they may be forced to look elsewhere for a replacement. Saul Niguez could be the player they identify to fill the void.