Manchester United could reportedly meet the release clause of dynamic Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez to help bolster Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s midfield for next season.
With continuing doubts over whether Paul Pogba will still be at Old Trafford beyond the summer and a predicted exit for Nemanja Matic, Solskjaer is expected to be in the market for a new central midfielder. And according to reports on Sunday, Saul could well be his man.
Barring a major slip up, the Red Devils will be back in the Champions League next season. With that in mind, Solskjaer wants to strengthen the spine of his team, with a centre-back and new No.9 also eyed.
But in midfield it’s Atletico man Saul who is viewed as a perfect fit for United’s engine room.
The Daily Star reports that the 26-year-old has a £43million release clause, a figure that United are ready to agree to.
However, European heavyweights Barcelona and Bayern Munich are also understood to be keen on the Atletico skipper.
But the report adds that Saul is believed to be interested in the possibility of a move to the Premier League, where greater riches are on offer.
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Atletico are currently in need of raising funds after being hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. Indeed, reports suggest they will need to cash in on two of their top stars – with Saul one of them.
The box-to-box midfielder has just over a year to run on his current contract. With that in mind, this summer will be Atletico’s last chance to fetch a decent fee for the player.
Pogba demanding mega new United deal
Meanwhile, the Star also reports that Paul Pogba is demanding a whopping £500,000-a-week to sign a new deal Old Trafford contract.
The Frenchman continues to be linked with a return to Juventus. Indeed, Sunday’s Paper Talk suggests a swap deal could be on for a Juve forward.
With his lucrative image rights on top of that basic wage, that means he would be bringing in around £800,000 on a weekly basis.
The likes of Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain are also keen, but it’s thought the player favours a return to Italy.