Liverpool transfer: Reds and Manchester City eye 19-cap Spaniard who wants transfer
According to AS, Saul Niguez has told Atletico Madrid that he wants to leave the La Liga champions. Liverpool and Manchester City have therefore been placed on red alert.
The title-winning maestro is a Los Rojiblancos stalwart. He has made 337 appearances, scoring 43 goals and claiming 19 assists.
Now, it seems as though Diego Simeone is willing to let him leave. He does have a release clause of £128 million though and won’t come cheap.
Niguez has five years left to run on his contract. As a result, Atletico are in a strong position, despite the player’s current desire to leave.
The central midfielder played 41 games during 2020/21. He often operated as a conventional midfielder, although he can marshal the back four too.
Both Liverpool and City are in the market for that type of player. The champions are losing Fernandinho, whilst Jurgen Klopp has seen Gini Wijnaldum depart.
Niguez could be the ideal player to go into both clubs. At 26 he has bags of time on his side and could relish a move to the Premier League.
Whilst he wouldn’t come cheap, he would represent a decent investment and come in as a potential long-term option in midfield.
Simeone won’t want to lose his star man. Back in 2015, he told FourFourTwo that Niguez has ‘absolutely everything’, following a Champions League clash.
Liverpool or City: Who gets Saul Niguez?
The race would certainly be interesting and any player would surely welcome the chance to play for either club.
City may just have the edge on Liverpool though. Atletico won’t demand the full release clause but they’ll still want a pretty expensive deal.
It’s not really in Liverpool’s strategy to fork out substantial sums season upon season and perhaps that hands City a chance to steal in.
Interestingly, it’s probably Liverpool where Niguez would fit in better. His style is not too dissimilar to that of Wijnaldum and he’d be a sound replacement.
The Spain international earns in the region of £200,000-a-week at the Wanda Metropolitano. As a result, both clubs might need to pull out the stops financially to sign the 19-cap maestro.
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