Saturday 16 December 2017

Manchester United make move for Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez

Atletico Madrid's midfielder Saul Niguez (right)
Atletico Madrid's midfielder Saul Niguez (right)

Manchester United have made their first move for Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez with a reported £15.3m bid.

That is according to Guillem Balague, but the Spanish journalist adds that Atletico are unwilling to sell the 21-year-old following their transfer ban.

Diego Simeone's side will be unable to buy anyone after the current window until the summer of 2017 and are looking to keep hold of their bright talent.

Niguez has a reported £18m buy-out clause but it is thought the player has no desire to quit Spain.

“The latest I've heard is Manchester United have put an offer of €20m (£15.3m) on the table but Atletico Madrid don't want to let him go,” Balague said.

“And considering the ban, they won't let him go, so I think that's the end of that. Even if they met the buy-out clause, the player still has to want to go, and as it stands, he doesn't."

Niguez has scored five goals in 22 appearances this season.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid's transfer ban at the end of this month looks to have spurred them into action and they're now ready to trigger the £30m release clause in David de Gea's contract ASAP.

With the Spanish giants unable to sign anyone until the summer of 2017, they are hoping to get some major business done before the end of the month.

Real failed to sign the Spanish goalkeeper during the last transfer window but now appear set to meet his buy-out clause. According to the Sun, the player is still keen on the move.

De Gea did sign a fresh contract at Old Trafford at the start of the season after his move to the Bernabeu fell through at the last minute, but Real do not appear to be put off by the £30m release fee that would seal his exit.

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