MANCHESTER UNITED are considering a move for brilliant young Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez, according to the Daily Mail.
Having now officially been announced as United’s new manager, Jose Mourinho will be keen to bolster his squad and 21-year-old Saul is tipped to be one of his first signings.
The Daily Mail report: “Saul is one of the hottest properties in Spain and his stunning solo goal against Bayern Munich in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final showcased his considerable talent.”
However, United will have to part with a staggering sum to get their man as Saul only recently agreed a new contract with the Spanish club, who increased his release clause from £34million to £54million.
While some may question the wisdom of splashing out that much on one so young, the Red Devils will point with some justification to the success of another 21-year-old in Anthony Martial who has been a resounding hit at Old Trafford since moving from Monaco in January for an initial fee of £38m.
And, despite his age, Saul has plenty of experience, having racked up almost 100 La Liga appearances for Atletico and while on loan at Rayo Vallecano, as well as being a key player in Atleti’s run to this season’s Champions League final.
He has also been capped 51 times by Spain from Under-16 to Under-21 level and was named in his country’s senior squad for this summer’s European Championship.
Saul – who can play in central midfield or out wide – is seen as an ideal alternative to Renato Sanches who United thought was Old-Trafford-bound until Bayern Munich swooped to snatch him from under their noses.