Chelsea and Manchester United go to battle over Saul Niguez

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Chelsea and Manchester United are both showing interest in Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez, according to Spanish newspaper Sport.

The Spaniard had a good campaign in La Liga, scoring nine goals and providing four assists in 48 games.

He rose to European fame after scoring a brilliant solo goal against Bayern Munich in last season's Champions League semi-final. 


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His performances earned the Spaniard a new contract in Madrid, tieing him to the club until 2021. The new deal also increased his release clause to £68 million, but despite his new deal at the Vicente Calderon, Niguez's agent Jorge Mendes is still trying to force his player into the Premier League. 

According to Sport, super agent Mendes owns a 40% stake in Niguez through his company 'Quality Football', meaning any sale of the player directly benefits him. So it's clear why Mendes is pushing so hard to sell the 21-year-old to one of England's top clubs. 

However, he may be the only person that's driving Niguez towards the Premier League, as the player himself spoke out after signing his new deal at Atletico, with Sky Sports reporting he told the club's official website he's happy to extend his stay.

He said: "I'm really happy to be able to continue defending this shirt."

The club themselves would also be reluctant to sell as they fear they may lose manager Diego Simeone if they keep selling their best players.

Atletico are always competing at the top come the end of the season, but they could have been one of Europe's biggest clubs had they kept hold of players like Sergio Aguero, Diego Costa, and Radamel Falcao while they were in their prime.

It looks as if Simeone may be able to keep his man for at least one more year, as the £68 million buyout clause in his contract may be too much for both Chelsea and Manchester United to pay ahead of the new season.  

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