Arsenal unlikely to pull off shock move for Saul Niguez

Arsenal have contacted Atletico Madrid regarding a swoop for midfielder Saul Niguez, according to AS.

What’s the story?

The North London outfit need to be busy in the transfer window this summer, and their main priorities should be recruiting a new defender, defensive midfielder and goalkeeper.

Fans have been coming up with their own transfer lists on social media, but not many have suggested that the latest target is a realistic one.

According to AS, Saul has emerged as an option for manager Arsene Wenger, with the Spanish publication claiming that contact has been made between the two clubs.

The report states that the Gunners have had a close eye on the midfielder for a while, but they could struggle to get a deal done as the 23-year-old is happy at Atletico.

It is also believed that the midfielder’s release clause is set at a staggering £130m, and he still has eight years left on his contract.

Is it a distant dream?

It would be a huge shock if Arsenal managed to pull off a deal given the financial hit that they would take in doing so.

There is no denying that Saul would boost the team given that he can provide plenty of options for the team in midfield.

This season, the Spaniard has played the majority of his games – 25 in fact – in a central midfield position.

He has also, though, featured out wide on both the left and the right, as well as in a more advanced role in the final third.

If Arsenal fail to win the Europa League, then they are unlikely to qualify for the Champions League via the domestic route as they are 13 points behind the top four.

It would be difficult for the club to convince Saul to sign without securing a place in the elite competition.

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