The love of Atletico Madrid and Saul Niguez has definitely broken. It is fixed until the summer of 2026, but it will end much earlier. Maybe by the end of the current transfer window, since the media from Madrid announce that the 26-year-old midfielder has never been closer to the exit door of the "Wanda Metropolitano" stadium.
The reason for parting is twofold. One of the reasons is the fact that coach Diego Simeone brought Rodrigo de Paul from Udinese, so the guy from Elche will fall into the background on the other tracks, even though he played 180 minutes against Celta and Alaves at the beginning of two rounds of La Liga.
Financially, they are concerned because of the salary of the occasional Spanish national team player in the amount of 12,000,000 euros per season. At one point, it seemed that they could afford such a player, however, they suffered blows during the crisis caused by the corona virus pandemic and now they want to get rid of Saul.
The book of those interested fell into two letters. At one point, it seemed that a swap deal with Barcelona was imminent (for Antoine Griezmann to return), then it seemed that Liverpool was preparing an offer of 40,000,000 euros, but they quickly gave up, so the two Premier Leagues remained in the competition.
Manchester United and Chelsea
According to the media in England, the Red Devils have the advantage. This summer, they marked three positions as critical, they brought Jaydon Sancho in support of the offensive part of the team, Rafael Varane with the task of strengthening the defense, and they need fresh blood in the middle of the field.
Yes, they already have five central midfielders, however, Nemanja Matić is 33 years old, Paul Pogba has no way to confirm himself as the team leader, Scot McTominay had bright moments, but he is more defensive than offensive player, Brazilian Fred is mostly useless, and Donny van de Beek is Solskjaer's third option.
That's why Saul. The estimate at Old Trafford is that Saul would bring creation in their game and that the price of 40,000,000 euros would not burden the cashbox. The problem for United is Chelsea who wants him. More precisely, they deliberate if Saul is actually something they need.
Jorginho and Ngolo Kante are safe in the places of the defensive midfielders, as well as Mateo Kovačić, and considering that Thomas Tuchel nurtures a different kind of football from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, he is considering where to put the current member of Atletico.
According to some allegations, Blues accelerated negotiations with Madrid, but they would take Saul on loan to see how it would turn out, and only then embark on the adventure of permanent engagement. Saul is waiting. He is aware that he will not play for the red and whites as he expected. In the Premier League he would like to play. It's just a dilemma where.