Report: Liverpool told to increase initial offer by £9m
Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo claim that Liverpool have been told to increase their initial offer for Saul Niguez by £9million. Reports state that Liverpool made a £34million bid to sign the Atletico Madrid ace, which is backed by MD. Now, Atletico have told them to cough up £43million.
Spain international Niguez has been at Atletico Madrid ever since joining them from Real Madrid as a 13-year-old. Other than a loan at Rayo Vallecano, Niguez has been a regular in Atletico’s side and at just 26, he has clocked up a whopping 337 appearances. He has a contract until 2026.
But that has not stopped Liverpool pursuing him. The La Liga title winner is the subject of interest from the Reds, who want to replace Gini Wijnaldu. Atletico themselves have just signed Copa America winner Rodrigo De Paul. After an initial £34million bid, MD say Atletico want £43million.
Is Niguez worth as much as £43m, amid Liverpool offer?
Without a doubt. In fact, he is probably worth a whole lot more but the player is seemingly intent on trying something new. Little surprise. Given he has won the La Liga title now with Atleti, Niguez will probably think he has reached a ceiling in Atleti colours. English football is the next step.
A brilliant player, a bit of a throwback to the old box-to-box number eight. Niguez is equally as good in the final third as he is in his defensive third. He can score, create, but also defend and pass. A bit of everything – much like Wijnaldum. If Liverpool can get him for £43million, it is a no-brainer.
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