Manchester United have reportedly ‘knocked on the door’ of Saul Niguez as they target a summer move for the La Liga winner.
The Atletico Madrid midfielder is said to be looking to leave after over a decade at the club, with the Spanish giants now willing to sell.
His desire to take ‘another direction in his career’ has attracted both Juventus and United, who have been linked with the 26-year-old a number of times in the last few seasons.
A stalwart of the team in previous seasons, Saul was named in the starting XI for just over half of the league fixtures this term.
This has led to frustration on Saul’s part and Marca claim that has given him the push to seek a move elsewhere.
He came close to an exit in the summer of 2019 when the club valued him at a £60million, but the move didn’t happen.
The report says there were no ‘substantial offers’ at that point with the club reticent to allow him to leave, but Atletico will now respect his decision to up sticks if an offer that ‘satisfies all parties’ is forthcoming.
Saul was asked about a potential move to Old Trafford prior to the start of this season.
He said: “I am very flattered that a club like Manchester United, or other teams that ask about me, take me into consideration. For me it is very positive.
“And important people from those clubs [such as Ferdinand] speaking well of me means that I am doing things well at Atletico Madrid.”
Rio Ferdinand insisted after United’s Europa League final defeat to Villarreal that his former club have to get the recruitment right this summer.
He said: “This window is massive, it’s a massive window for Man United now.
“The recruitment team, the owners, the CEO, the manager, the staff need to go out and recruit the right players that fit the bill, to take this team from getting to finals and can’t get over the line, to finishing the job.
“It needs to be the right people, the right characters, and good enough players that add value to this team. For instance, we always talk about [Virgil] van Dijk being the catalyst for Liverpool over the last few years.
“What had he won in England before? He was at Southampton, they weren’t fighting for titles or in Europe. It’s the right characters, the right people who fit the team, the right profile to take you on and make the team better.”