Manchester United have reportedly added Saul Niguez as an option to replace Paul Pogba, should the Frenchman departs the Old Trafford in the summer.
Paul Pogba has been hinting on a move away from Manchester United and his recent interview of ‘wanting a new challenge elsewhere’ just affirms the fact that the world cup winner is not quite happy with his life at Manchester and would jump on a chance of signing for another big European Club.
We have been linked to the likes of Sean longstaff, Youri Tielemans and Adrien Rabiot as the players who could replace Paul Pogba, should the situation arises, but none of them are quite at the same level as Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez.
The 24-year-old midfielder scored 4 goals and provided 1 assist in 33 La Liga appearances last season, but it was his overall play in the middle of the park that makes him such a vital player to Atletico’s midfield.
The Spaniard signed a huge 8-year-deal at Atletico Madrid a couple of years back, meaning his contract at the Spanish Capital runs until 2026.
Moreover, Atletico have no intentions to sell their prized player while the Red Devils have no leverage to cheapen the ‘reportedly’ huge €150m release clause built into his deal.
The only ray of light here is that the midfielder has himself hinted that he might move away from his boyhood club, some time in the near future, if the opportunity ever arises:
“That’s my intention, to be at Atletico Madrid all my life, but in the world of football you never know.
“For me, yes [I want to retire at Atletico], but maybe I have a bad couple of years and then they grow to not love me anymore.”
Still, prizing away Niguez from Atletico Madrid would require an upward of £100m bid, and I am not sure Ed Woodward would be ready to spend that kind of money, especially after implementing the new transfer policy of only going after young and upcoming British talents.
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