Manchester United are preparing to table a £150k a week contract offer in their efforts to secure the services of Atletico Madrid ace Saul Niguez.
According to Daily Star, Manchester United have once again set their sights on Saul Niguez. They are ready to make a swoop for the Atletico Madrid midfielder, who is apparently enticed by the idea of playing alongside the likes of Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba.
The Red Devils believe Atleti’s shock exit from the Champions League, at the hands of RB Leipzig, could force Saul to leave the club in the summer. As a result, they are now willing to offer a £150000 a week contract to the Spaniard, who is believed to be valued around £70 million.
Saul has already appeared quite outspoken following his side’s defeat to RB Leipzig. Just after the game, the midfielder notably 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.”
It has now put Manchester United on red alert as they look to further strengthen their midfield unit this summer. The Premier League giants have already had a lot of success with the acquisition of Bruno Fernandes in January as the Portuguese international was involved in 15 league goals in 14 matches, helping his team secure a top-four finish.
Fernandes’ success was combined with the return of Paul Pogba. The Frenchman, after returning to full fitness, has offered the much-needed creativity in the double-pivot. It has ultimately allowed more freedom for Nemanja Matic.
However, with the Serbian nearing the final phase of his career, Manchester United might need a reliable long-term operator in the number six role. Scott McTominay has shown promise but if the Red Devils are to compete with top dogs like Manchester City and Liverpool, they must go for Saul.
The Atletico Madrid is a highly experienced midfielder, having made nearly 300 competitive appearances for Los Colchoneros. At United, he can not only provide his quality in the number six role but his versatility will also enable Olt Gunnar Solskjaer to utilise him in a host of other positions, including the wide-attacking and the central defensive slot.
However, Saul has historically shown a lot of loyalty towards Atletico Madrid over the past. And with the midfielder still having a six-year contract, signing him will be no walk in the park for Manchester United.