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Saul Niguez ‘to push’ for Manchester United say reports; but where is that stated?

Manchester United have reportedly been handed a boost ahead of the summer transfer window with Atlético Madrid midfielder Saúl Ñíguez, who has been a player linked with the Old Trafford club more often than any other midfielder in the recent transfer windows. Back in April, Spanish radio station Cadena Ser reported that it was United who had the best chance of signing the Spaniard in the summer 2021 transfer window with Atlético looking to cash in on their academy star. Last summer, it was suggested that United might make an offer for the player in a deal that could have been worth £71 million but nothing happened, as was expected due to the coronavirus pandemic, which is still affecting world football at this moment in time.

The Sun, which tends to report anything as factual information have suggested that the player could be available for as little as £40 million this summer, which if true would be a great deal for any buying clubs. United should be in the market for a defensive minded midfielder this summer, which will help the club massively with Nemanja Matic linked to Jose Mourinho’s AS Roma, however much truth is in that and Fred and Scott McTominay not the best players in that position at the club. United should be looking in that area to find a better playing style, which will move them in the right direction ahead of the start of the 2021/22 season, where United will be expected to actually challenge for the Premier League title, and more.

The 26-year-old is not an out-and-out defensive midfielder but has placed in the position on eight occasions for Atlético with half of those appearances in the UEFA Champions League and the other half in La Liga which Atlético won last season, taking it down to the final day with Real Madrid still in with a chance of winning the league. Ñíguez made 41 appearances across the season, scoring two goals and one assist, which some will judge him on – not scoring enough goals. However, with the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford, Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood, United have enough goalscorer in the team but need to find a settled midfield that can help prevent a midfield and defensive collapse.

Ñíguez is a complete midfielder knowing defensive aspects of the game, also playing a box-to-box role and can also threaten in front of goal. It would be great to have a player like him in the squad as it would help United set themselves up for those matches that will be hard-fought, and coming off the back of the 2020/21 season, there have been many of those matches that if the result had been turned in United’s favour, the overall result of the season might well be different, especially in the Premier League as United were in a position to challenge the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool, who had been the most recent teams to win the league over the last few seasons.

The 26-year-old has achieved a lot at Atlético during his time at the club and that, along with financial issues, might result in the player leaving the club this summer, as was expected last summer. Since coming through from the academy, he has won one La Liga title, one Copa del Rey, one Supercopa de España, two UEFA Europa Leagues and one UEFA Super Cup. He also played in the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League final with the club finishing as the runners-up. In his 337 appearances to date for Atlético, Ñíguez has scored 43 goals and assisted a further 19. This could be aa good summer for him to find a new challenge but it would not be a free run for United as interest from both Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus will be present.

Last summer when United were one of the reported clubs interested in signing the player, he did speak about that attention from the Old Trafford club and stating that it was positive for him and a sign that he was doing things well in Spain. Whilst that does not actually mean anything other than the player being flattered by the links to a club like United, it does not mean that he will pick them over any other club, which is currently being touted in the media with nothing other than speculation as no fact has been provided. For this to be believable, there would need to be something to suggest that – but that is not the case. Just for information, here are the player’s quotes from last summer, but a lot could have changes since then.

“I am very flattered that a club like Manchester United or other teams that ask about me take me into consideration, for me it is very positive.

“And that strong people in those clubs speak well of you means that I am doing things well at Atletico Madrid.”

There will always be reports in the media linking top players from around the world to United. That is something that has happened more and more since the Premier League era begun and over the years, not everything has been factual. Certain reporters make things up and twist words to make them appear to state something, yet stating the opposite, or in this instant, being used to suggest that United is the only team the player would leave Atlético for, when there is nothing to even suggest that is the case. Whilst it is good to read things like this, the very truth of the reports should always be questioned. United should be interested in the player and if he really is available for £40 million, it would be a no brainer for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Written by John Walker

Manchester United ready to offer Saul Niguez £150,000 per week; player worth £71 million – reports

Manchester United are reportedly prepared to offer Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez £150,000 per week to sign for the Old Trafford club. It is suggested that the player is worth £71 million this summer. The reports from the Daily Star with the newspaper suggesting that United will revive their interest in the player. It is hardly reliable information from the newspaper, what seems to put together so much clickbait, especially when transfer windows are open.

The 25-year-old is considered as one of the brightest rising stars in the game and for that reason, it would not be just one club that was interested in the player, which would end up rising the transfer fee of the player. If United made a move, other big clubs would follow and there would be a transfer saga which is not something that United need as they turn everything into a saga right now. If United are not willing to spend a lot or money up front this summer, as seems to be the case with Jadon Sancho, it makes this speculation harder to believe.

There are so many players that United are apparently trying to sign this summer and it would amount into a massive spend this summer, and if United wanted that, they would have shown signs of doing that by now. Granted, Niguez’s season has just ended with Atletico Madrid being knocked out of the UEFA Champions League after being beaten by RB Leipzig earlier this week. The clubs failure in Europe could see the Spanish midfielder seek a new challenge but that is speculation rather than fact.

It is stated in the report that United feel that Atletico’s exit from the Champions League would strengthen the fact that Niguez could opt to leave the club this summer. It was reported back in April that the player’s €150 million release clause would likely be cut in half this summer, hence the £71 million fee stated in the report. If that is true, it would be a great deal for a club with money to make a move for the player. Niguez is a top talent and could form a great midfield trio with Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes.

The 25-year-old has made a total of 47 appearances for Atletico this season, scoring seven goals and no assists in 4,246 minutes of football. After seeing his club beaten by German club RB Leipzig in the Champions League this week, Niguez spoke to the media about the hurt of losing in the completion, which seems to show the player’s annoyance because of what happened. Atletico will need to strong think about their plans for the future and the 25-year-old does not seek happy – 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.”

United need some rebuilding at the club this summer as there is a problem with the depth of the squad. Whilst there is depth, the quality of that depth is not the greatest. It is stated that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be willing to sell Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo, Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira this summer with none of the players achieving anything at the club this season although Smalling was on loan for the whole season and Rojo was loaned out in January. There is a lot to think about at United if this report has any factual content, which I doubt.

Written by John Walker

Saul Niguez to announce new club in three days; attention seeking or a legitimate thing?

It has been an interesting Sunday so far. It would seem that Manchester United midfield target, Saul Niguez, has taken to Twitter and given the impression that he will announce a new club in three days, ending speculation about where his future will lie. United have been linked with a move for the player this summer.

The Spanish midfielder had a £130 million release clause as part of his contract but due to the financial uncertainty because of the coronavirus pandemic, it is suggested that the player could be available for around half of that with Spanish reports suggesting that United has agreed a £72 million deal with Atletico Madrid.

However, this is all speculation. After seeking former teammate Antione Griezmann play around with the media not all that long ago, then after a period of time, put out a soap opera-esque video confirming that he would stay at Atletico, only to move to Barcelona a year or so later. It leave me wondering whether this could be similar.

Obviously, it would be great if United signed a player that they have been interested in for some time and it could fuel the fire that Paul Pogba will leave the club this summer, being that Bruno Fernandes only arrived at the club in January and Fred and Scott McTominay have been playing well this season. Pogba is being linked with an exit of the club.

When announcing this on Twitter, the 25-year-old will have put a cat amongst the pigeons, creating many different things to be said and done for the next three days with journalists thinking about how to concoct the most believable story, if just to build their own egos. It does give an interest level though, with me wondering if it is what it says it is or attention seeking. His tweet read:

“I want to communicate something very important to me. NEW CLUB – I’ll announce it in 3 days…”

You cannot help but get excited at times like this but with La Liga to resume in eight days and Atletico seeking to better their current place, sixth in the table, would the club allow a player like Niguez to announce that he was leaving before the season is over? It all seems very strange and if so, would surely be difficult for his teammates.

This season at Atletico Madrid, the 25-year-old has, at least so far, made a total of 37 appearances, scoring four goals, playing in La Liga, the Supercopa, the Copa del Rey and the UEFA Champions League, where he scored in the first leg of the round of 16 against Liverpool with his side knocking the Premier League leaders out of the competition.

It was not long ago that the Spaniard signed a new long-term contract at Atletico Madrid, which is due to expire in the summer of 2026, when the player will most likely be nearing the end of the peak of his career. If his new club is United, it would help United in the midfield massively. He can play a number of midfield positions from central to left and right.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to make moves for players this summer, with a bid to turning United’s fortunes around and hopefully doing enough to close the gap on the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City, and Chelsea with United starting to look like a squad that could mount a title charge next season, seven seasons after winning their last Premier League title.

Spanish midfielder may be available for €75 million this summer – half of his reported €150 million release clause

Manchester United have once again been linked to Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez, a player they have been linked to in the past but never managed to sign. The 25-year-old signed a five-year contract extension in the summer of 2017, which would keep him at the Madrid club until the summer of 2026 – when the player is 31-years-old.

The player has a €150 million release clause as part of his contract, which is something that many clubs will not be able to afford to pay, especially in the climate which will be coming up after the coronavirus pandemic. It has been suggested by Spanish news source, AS that the Madrid club would accept a €75 million fee for the player.

It is suggested that Atletico are a club that has been affected by the pandemic and that this has limited their funds. Earlier this week, Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 in France were cancelled with no sporting events to be played until at least September and there is a fear that the same thing could happen in Spain.

Before the pandemic stopped world football, Niguez had made a total of 37 appearances for Atletico this season, scoring four goals, playing a total of 3,420 minutes of football. The Madrid club sit in sixth place in La Liga, which is outside the UEFA Champions League places and a cancellation could mean missing out on the elite European competition next season.

This would certainly mean the club wold miss out on further revenue, which could be troubling for the club. Playing Champions League football has been a staple for the club for a number of seasons now with the extra revenue being part of their budget. Niguez has spent his career at Atletico other than a season with Rayo Vallecano during the 2013/14 season.

United were once told that they would need to pay a club record fee to release the player from his contract, which at the time was about £128 million – a fee the club was not prepared to spend. However, it appears to no longer be the case. United took advantage of a deal for Bruno Fernandes because Sporting CP needed the money in January.

Niguez is represented by the same agent as Gareth Bale, Jonathan Barnett. This could give Premier League clubs, who would surely be able to fund the transfer of the 25-year-old an advantage if the player is to be sold this summer, or whenever the transfer window opens. United may be interested in a new midfielder if that was the case.

The future of Paul Pogba seems to be up in the air once again with report recently suggesting that the player would sign a new contract at the Old Trafford club but now the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus seem to be linked with the player once again with some suggesting that he still favours a move away from United.

Time will tell, but right now, United probably need to prioritise a replacement for Nemanja Matic which is a position that Niguez could operate in, especially in the fact that there seems to be many attacking-minded midfielders at the club now; Fernandes, Scott McTominay and Fred, other than Pogba himself. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may be interested.

Saul Niguez and James Maddison at the top of Manchester United’s Wishlist – reports

Manchester United have reported selected Saul Niguez alongside James Maddison at the top of the list of potential recruits to strengthen and change the dynamic of the midfield at the club. Whether this is something that will happen during the January transfer remains to be seen but will seem more likely in the summer.

Reports surfaced this week which suggested that United would be seeking to sign six or seven players over the next two transfer windows, something which is needed at the club with the small squad of players Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has to select his teams, which have been lacklustre since the opening weekend of the Premier League season.

Solskjaer needs to make improvement in many areas of the squad with targeted signing at centre-back, left-back, the midfield and in attack, presumably a striker and a right-winger. Moussa Dembele of Lyon has already been linked with the club since last summer with suggestions of Solskjaer seeking a striker to replace Romelu Lukaku.

Niguez, a 24-year-old central midfielder has been linked with United in the past and despite signing a new contract recently, keeping him at the club until 2026, which supposedly has a £135 million release clause, United do not seem to be put off at this moment in time. It could suggest that Paul Pogba’s future at the club is limited, or United are spending big.

Leicester City midfielder Maddison, 22, is also on the list of requirements, who suits the targeting of Solskjaer, who signed Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire in the summer, the three players in the squad who have performed the best this season, showing Solskjaer’s eye for the future and the fact the club is finally buying the right players.

United do need to get their recruitment right after now spending more than £800 million since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, also going through three different permanent managers; David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho. Solskjaer seems to have been given time and despite reports about pressure, it does not come from within the club.

Niguez has played 249 times for Atletico Madrid up to the end of last season, scoring 34 goals, providing a lot more that that in the matches he has played. At the La Liga club, the player has won one Copa del Rey, one Supercopa de España, two UEFA Europa League titles, one UEFA Super Cup and was a runner-up in the UEFA Champions League.

The 24-year-old has achieved a lot in the game already and would be a worth player to fortify the clubs midfield, whether or not Pogba remains at the club. Surely, a costly transfer fee would demonstrate the fact that United wanted to get back into the thick of things in the Premier League and beyond? I just hope that the club backs the manager.

It would have been so much easier to ensure the manager had the players he wanted in the summer, but Rome was not build in a day. Solskjaer needed to allow the youth players to come through and see what they had to offer. Most of them are not ready, which is what we knew and the experience they will gain this season will be good for them.

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