Manchester United and Real Madrid are two of the biggest clubs in football, both in terms of history and money. The two sides have made some big money signings over the years and are set to battle it out for this Atletico Madrid star.
Reports from Spain claim that Saul Niguez of Atletico Madrid interest from various top clubs from Europe including Real Madrid, Manchester United, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain. However, the Spaniard only signed a new nine-year contract with Los Rojiblancos last year and the player has a £134 million release clause.
Niguez is an integral part of Diego Simeone’s side and Atletico won’t let him leave unless the clubs who want him pay trigger the release clause in his contract.
With French star Paul Pogba’s future at the Old Trafford uncertain, Manchester United are said to be in the market for a new midfielder and have reportedly identified the 23-year-old as the ideal candidate. Real Madrid, on the other hand, failed to make any top signings this summer after the La Liga side’s star man Cristiano Ronald moved to Italy and are hoping to make a marquee signing soon. However, Los Blancos face the challenge of convincing their derby rivals to do business with them.
It is worth noting that Niguez is actually a Real Madrid academy product. The player used to be with the Real Madrid youth side before moving to the Atletico Madrid academy in 2008. The Spaniard has been with the Madrid side’s senior team since 2012 and has made 127 league appearances under Simeone.
Saul Niguez is one of Atletico’s biggest assets, however, the UEFA Europa League winners being a moneyballing team could let the 23-year-old leave if his release clause is triggered. Which club will be the one to do it is the question that needs an answer now.