Man Utd take lead in Saul Niguez transfer race and Chelsea target ‘could leave this week’

Saul Niguez: All you need to know about Spanish midfielder

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Manchester United have reportedly taken the lead over Chelsea and Liverpool in the race to sign Saul Niguez and the player could leave the Wanda Metropolitano this week. Diego Simeone has been open to letting the Spaniard leave the club all summer and at one point, Saul was close to joining Barcelona in a swap deal involving Antoine Griezmann.

Negotiations soon died though but still, Saul represented an opportunity for a number of Premier League clubs.

Earlier in the window, Liverpool were intensively linked the 26-year-old following the departure of Gini Wijnaldum.

It soon became clear that Liverpool’s interest was nothing more than speculation and the Reds remain unlikely to sign another central midfielder.

Chelsea and Manchester United, however, are more serious about potentially signing him.

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According to AS in Spain, United have now taken the lead over their Premier League title rivals.

Chelsea have been exploring a loan deal earlier this week but are yet to table a formal bid.

Now it’s claimed the Red Devils are ready to push through a deal with United chiefs said to be ‘in love’ with Saul.

The report also reiterates that the player could leave the La Liga giants as soon as this week.

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Atletico have now agreed to sign some extra cover in the form Hertha Berlin’s Matheus Cunha.

Although the Brazilian is predominately an attacker, he can also play on the left-side of midfield, where Saul has occasionally been deployed.

Everton had attempted to hijack the deal late on but Atletico have now agreed a fee with the Bundesliga club and the player has accepted the move.

Surprisingly, Saul has started both of Atletico’s La Liga matches so far against Celta Vigo and Elche respectively.

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New signing Rodrigo De Paul is expected to permanently replace Saul in the starting XI.

Manchester United’s pursuit of Saul could ultimately hinge on outgoings though.

The club are waiting to see if West Ham propose a suitable offer for Jesse Lingard following his impressive loan spell in east London last season.

Meanwhile, United have dismissed links to Corentin Tolisso and Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni, who has also been linked with Chelsea.

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