Manchester United are preparing for their match against Watford, but amidst the return to the Premier League action, Thursday had seen a new transfer story emerge. Often, these stories are just clickbait and that might be the case once again, but if Manchester United are really looking to try and get Saul Niguez, then the club is looking at the right places.
According to reports, Manchester United are preparing 134 million pound bid for the Spaniard of Atletico Madrid and here, we will take a look at all the aspects of this story.
Saul Niguez Is A Brilliant All-Round Midfielder
Firstly, Saul Niguez is a central midfielder who plays in Atletico Madrid’s usual 4-4-2 formation. He is technically very gifted and skilled with the ball at his feet, but is also physically strong and quick enough. He can be a typical Spanish technical midfielder for short passes, but also a vibrant, powerful midfielder who can bring the ball forward in stride. Also, he is known for scoring goals – and usually very important ones – but is also defensively astute, something that is necessary if you want to play for Diego Simeone.
Age And Experience On His Side
He is still 23 years old. Saul will turn 24 in late November, but he does not feel like a young player, per se. The reason for that is simple – he had played 275 matches in club football and added with various Spanish national sides, that number climbs over 300. Saul has been a very important part of Atletico since 2013-14. He was just 19 when that season started, but had played 34 matches in LaLiga and was instrumental in Atleti reaching the Champions League final. It is hard seeing any club right now that would not want him as part of their squad.
Would He Want To Move?
No. Quite simply, he would not. And reason for that is quite obvious – last season he signed a new contract with the club tying him until June 2026. Yes, he would be 32 by the end of his contract and he had signed it at the age of 23. Incredible.
Also, he is feeling at home in Madrid. He may be Elche-born, but he has been living in Spanish capital for five years now, is fully accustomed to the club and the city. As well, let’s not forget Atletico Madrid are a hugely successful club.
Atletico Madrid Will Not Sell Him
And the most important part is that Atletico will not want to sell him either. That means United would have to unlock the release clause – but even United spending lavish sums would not lure the player. One very important argument here is that, the club branding aside, Atletico Madrid are ahead of Manchester United.
They have better results domestically, they make far better results in Europe and they grew organizationally to the levels United would want to reach soon, with the director of football and other behind-the-scenes improvements. So, why change the club now?
This transfer will not happen, it is as simple as that.