Tuchel fancies classy midfielder Liverpool fans want to replace Wijnaldum

Date published: Wednesday 16th June 2021 11:28 - Matthew Briggs

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel thinks Saul Niguez could be the ideal man to complement his midfield next season.

That is the news coming from Spain with Tuchel said to be a big admirer of the progressive midfielder, according to Mundo Deportivo.

It’s well known that Saul is contemplating leaving Atletico Madrid this summer after coming through the ranks with Atletico and making his debut in 2012.

Saul is said to be open to the idea of leaving the Wanda Metropolitano, and Atletico may find it hard to refuse a big offer for the player.

Now the Spanish outlet claim Tuchel is pondering an offer for the Spanish star, who penned a huge nine-year deal in 2017.

Tuchel already has Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante and Billy Gilmour competing for two midfield spots. Gilmour though could be allowed to leave on loan this summer as he looks for serious game time.

Saul’s option have narrowed somewhat. Bayern Munich were thought to be keen but that option has disappeared. And per the source, only Juventus, PSG, Man Utd and Chelsea now remain in the hunt.

AS (via Sport Witness) similarly named Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain to have Saul “in their sights”.


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Liverpool’s Saul link

Earlier this month it was reported that Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards was planning an approach to land Saul.

 

According to Empire of the Kop, Liverpool have been alerted by Atletico’s willingness to sell Saul.

 

They have claimed that the Reds are strongly considering an approach for the classy midfielder.

Of course Liverpool are in the market for a new central midfielder. Georginio Wijnaldum recently signed for PSG after departing Anfield as a free agent. Whether or not the Reds would consider meeting the player’s release clause is another question.

The trail has apparently gone cold on Saul though. Although Reds fans seem keen to get the Spaniard on board.

Fans’ site Rousing the Kop claim “Liverpool should have a look at Saul Niguez.”

The Daily Star reported that the 26-year-old has a £43million buy-out.

Saul is on a deal worth around £115,000 a week with Atletico. He would more than likely be looking for a rise on that in the Premier League.

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