Liverpool and Arsenal have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Atletico Madrid starlet, Saul Niguez, according to the Daily Express.
The two Premier League clubs were thought to be lining up offers to lure the 19-year-old, while United were also thought to have expressed an interest. The Spain under-21s star has a £19million release clause in his contract, which the two clubs were thought to be prepared to match in order to land the youngster.
However, Atletico's sporting director, Jose Luis Caminero, has reportedly convinced the player to reject any interest, even if they meet his buy-out clause. Niguez spent last season on loan at Rayo Vallecano and made 34 appearances for the club, helping them to a 12th place finish, which has convinced Atletico bosses that he has a role to play for their club next season.
The 19-year-old has been told that he will be given regular first-team football. There is space in the middle of the park for Niguez at Atletico, with Tiago Mendes set to leave the club when his contract expires on July 1, with a move to Chelsea seeming likely.
Niguez will have to perform when given the opportunity to impress if he wishes to make the spot in Atletico’s midfield his own.
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