Atletico Madrid set asking price for Manchester United and Chelsea to sign Saul Niguez

Saul Niguez of Atletico de Madrid controls a ball during the UEFA Champions League, Group D match between Atletico de Madrid and Lokomotiv Moscow.

Manchester United and Chelsea have been buoyed in their efforts to sign Saul Niguez by reports that Atletico Madrid are prepared to lower their asking price. 

Niguez is said to have been the subject of a long-standing interest at Manchester United but is committed to Atletico, a club he first joined at the age of 14. 

The 25-year-old broke into the first team back in 2010 and is about to make his 250th appearance for the Madrid side, helping them to two Europa League titles, a Champions League final and a La Liga win.

His performances in midfield have earned him plaudits all over Europe and according to the Telegraph, Manchester United and Chelsea both have him listed as a player of interest. 

Niguez has a release clause of £125million but Atletico are reportedly willing now to accept a bid of £85m to offload the Spain international in January. 

The club are supposedly looking to fund a summer move for a striker to replace Antoine Griezmann and while they would prefer to sell Thomas Lemar, they are yet to receive a suitable offer.

However, they will not give up their efforts to offload the Frenchman as they would prefer to retain the services of Niguez, but will also not stand in his way if he decides he would prefer a Premier League move, despite having tied him down to a nine-year contract back in 2017.

Niguez has been touted as a potential replacement for Paul Pogba in Manchester United’s midfield, although the Frenchman has hardly been integral to the side this season, appearing just five times in the league. 

Instead, Solskjaer has been forced to deploy the likes of Andreas Pereira and Fred, both of whom have failed to impress the Old Trafford faithful.

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