Manchester United have reportedly enquired about Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez as they look to add further reinforcements to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s ranks.
He tweeted: “Saúl is set to leave Atléti. Chelsea opened talks for Saúl days ago. There’s official bid now on the table – loan with buy option. #CFC
“Also Manchester United have asked for Saúl again in the last 24 hours, he’s in the list with Camavinga. #MUFC. He’s ready for PL move.”
Romano’s update follows on from a recent report in Spanish outlet AS, who stated that the Old Trafford outfit had overtaken Chelsea in the race for Saul, as United officials reportedly ‘love’ the technically gifted maestro.
Saul was thought to be close to joining Catalan giants Barcelona earlier in the window as part of a swap deal for Antoine Griezmann, but negotiations failed to lead to a suitable arrangement between the two clubs.
As a result, a Premier League tussle has ensued for the wantaway midfielder after he entered the final year of his contract at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
And it’s no surprise that Saul has some of the continent’s top teams chasing his signature. After rising through the ranks at Atleti, the £36m-rated gem has established himself as a world-class operator in recent years.
In 339 appearances for his boyhood club, he’s bagged 43 goals and provided 20 assists, including one against Celta Vigo on the opening day of the current campaign. With a trophy haul of one La Liga title, one Copa del Rey and two Europa League crowns to boot, Saul will always be remembered fondly by the Atleti faithful.
However, after only starting 22 top-flight fixtures last term and missing out on Luis Enrique’s 24-man squad for the European Championships, the midfield conductor is keen to seek pastures new.
His arrival on English shores would be a significant coup for Solskjaer, and the Norwegian tactician would suddenly have substantial strength in depth in the middle of the park.
Therefore, United supporters will surely be buzzing with excitement following this latest revelation, giving them hope of securing a first top-flight title since 2013.