As reported by the Manchester Evening News, Jose Mourinho has made the midfield area a massive transfer priority and has an interest in Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez.
Everton confirmed the signing of Man United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin on Thursday night and that’s left a lack of depth at United, especially in the long-term, given Carrick’s age and the fact he is out of contract at the end of the season.
A potential solution for Jose Mourinho is Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez, according to the Manchester Evening News.
They say Mourinho holds an interest in the Spanish star, alongside long-term target Antoine Griezmann.
Saul Niguez exploded onto the Atletico Madrid scene in 2014 and hasn’t looked back since, making over 100 appearances in all competitions in the heart of their midfield.
At 22, the Spanish cap is one of the hottest prospects in La Liga and looks destined to move from Atletico to an even bigger club in the future.
He’s been in fantastic form of late, scoring two goals in his last four games despite being utilised in a mostly defensive capacity. It’s that defensive nature that makes him an ideal replacement for Schneiderlin as he makes his move to Everton.
At 6ft, he has the physical presence required to dominate a midfield and accompanies that with excellent tackling ability and a strength in the air.
He’d be an exceptional partner to the likes of Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba in the middle of the park and with Carrick’s future uncertain, United badly need a classy player in that position.