Man Uniited continue pursuit of Saul Niguez after Barcelona deal crumbles

Man United’s transfer business this window is continuing to thrive as the side are heating up their pursuit of Saul Nigguez of Atletico Madrid.

The Spain international, who won La Liga last season, had been linked with a move to Barcelona, with Antoine Griezmann reportedly back to the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano as part of a swap deal, but the deal collapsed according to AS.

It goes on to state that manager Diego Simeone is hoping to sell the midfielder to generate funds to bring different names to Madrid.

Saul, 26, still has a contract at the side until 2026 but the tell-tale signs are that he will be on the move.

A journalist said: “While Atleti and Barça remain stranded in the negotiations for Saúl Ñíguez and Antoine Griezmann, their manager, the Englishman Jonathan Barnett, is advancing the negotiations with Manchester United that has taken a decisive step for the rojiblanco, surpassing Liverpool.”

Recently after a training camp, Saul was heard saying to fans who were waiting for autographs, “They’re [Atletico] kicking me out of here, man.”

Deal with the Red Devils

Following their runners-up finish last season, Man United are hoping to get an abundance of business over the line, to bolster their ranks and bring around a first Premier League title in eight years.

Raphael Varane is reported to be the main target, via The Guardian, as now the side have just completed a £73m deal for Jadon Sancho with an announcement expected Monday.

But the real issue is the midfield. The feeling is that the partnership of Fred and Scott McTominay is not enough to warrant a successful league campaign next season. United have, too, been linked with a move for Eduardo Camavinga- but The Atheltic say that a move for the Rennes youngster will come late in the window as to draw out the cheapest price.

After Man United beat Derby 2-1 on Sunday in a pre-season friendly, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said via the Mirror: “It was the first game for us, and it takes a little bit of time to get into that match mode. But we’ve won the game and it’s good for these kids to feel that they’ve won the game.”

“I think the Premier League is more competitive [than it used to be]. We had [when I was a player] maybe one competitor every season so, of course, the first six or seven games, it’s very important to stay there.

“You don’t win the league in the first six or seven games, but you can lose the chance of winning the league.”

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