Whilst it’s still unclear who will be in charge of Manchester United next season, the club are still keen with pressing on with summer transfer plans, it seems.
The club have been linked with numerous players in recent weeks and The Mirror are now reporting that the Red Devils have stepped up their interest in midfielder Saul Niguez.
The 21-year-old is believed to have rejected a new contract offer from Atletico Madrid, putting the Old Trafford club on red alert.
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United scouts have been closely monitoring the Spaniard for the past year and could make their move after this contract snub from Saul.
Although his current deal still has four years remaining, the Spanish club wanted to offer him a new contract due to his £25 million release clause he currently has.
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Atletico fear that a major European club, such as Manchester United, can snatch the wonderkid away from them for what is nowadays considered a fairly small fee.
Saul's impressive season
Saul has been a regular in Diego Simeone’s starting XI this campaign, making 24 league appearances as his side sit second in La Liga.
His magnificent performance at the Bernabeu during Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Madrid rivals Real, would have left Los Blancos wondering how they managed to let the youngster leave earlier in his career.
Saul spent two years at Real Madrid before being released as a 13-year-old. He was quickly snapped up by their La Liga rivals, where he has now been for eight years.
The defensive midfielder spent three seasons at Atletico Madrid B, learning the trade before being called up to the senior side for the 2011/12 season.
He made his first-team debut in a Europa League tie against Besiktas when he was just 17-years-old and made his league debut a year later.
However, after making just 12 appearances in two campaigns, he was shipped on loan to Rayo Vallecano for last season where he matured into a talented footballer.
Simeone noticed Saul's talents and has handed him the important role of anchoring the midfield this season.
While the back four of Juanfran, Jose Gimenez, Diego Godin and Filipe Luis may receive the credit for the club conceded just 11 goals in 27 league matches this season, Saul has also played an important role in that incredible statistic.
And he could be the ideal player for the Red Devils. Michael Carrick’s contract expires in the summer, which will leave just Morgan Schneiderlin as their only conservative midfielder.
Saul scored a brilliant acrobatic volley in Tuesday night’s 3-0 win which leaves his side trailing league leaders Barcelona by five points having played one game more.