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Manchester United have four players Atletico Madrid may accept in Saul Niguez swap deal


According to Fabrizio Romano, speaking to The United Stand, Saul is seen as a ‘great opportunity’ by Solskjaer’s side.

“Manchester United are among the clubs that have been in contact with Saúl Niguez’s agent – they have an interest in the player and consider him ‘one of the biggest opportunities on the market’,” he said.

“€40-45m will get a deal done, no bid yet.”

United have also been linked with Ruben Neves, Eduardo Camavinga and Declan Rice so far this summer.

But Express Sport will now take a look at four players Atletico could accept in a swap deal for their Spain international.

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Donny van de Beek

United have no plans to jettison Donny van de Beek.

The Netherlands international has spent the last few weeks bulking up and looks in fantastic shape ahead of the new season.

Yet if it means signing Saul, they could change their mind.

Saul would likely play behind Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba, giving the pair defensive solidarity and offering them something new.

And that means getting Van de Beek off the books would be a worthy sacrifice and La Liga would likely suit the 24-year-old’s style of play.

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David De Gea

United are well-stocked for goalkeepers.

Heaton isn’t simply at the club to make up the numbers, with the former Villa star determined to claim the No 1 jersey.

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They also have Dean Henderson and Lee Grant, too, meaning it’s bloated at the current moment in time.

And with David De Gea waning over the past three seasons, including him in a swap deal for Saul would be a logistical move.

It’s previously been claimed he’d welcome a return to Atletico, where he first started his career, and getting him off the wage bill would suit United as well.

Jesse Lingard

Solskjaer has insisted Jesse Lingard is part of his plans for the upcoming campaign.

But he’s also said that about Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez in the past, only to end up offloading the pair instead.

Lingard wants to play regularly and, with United having so many offensive players, he’s not guaranteed the minutes he wants.

Therefore, the chance to strut his stuff for Atletico – the reigning La Liga champions and one of the best teams on the planet – could be tempting.

Lingard has also been linked with West Ham but Diego Simeone’s side are a different entity altogether.





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