Manchester United are looking for a ‘good value deal’ amid interest in Atletico Madrid star Saul Niguez, it has been claimed. The Spain international has long been linked with a move to Old Trafford. And, this summer, that could finally be about to happen.
Eurosport’s Dean Jones, speaking on The Football Terrace podcast, recently claimed United wanted value in the market.
“It has to be a good value deal, that’s what United have been working on,” he said.
“When you look back over the last couple of years, that’s what they’ve been working on: good value deals.
“It’s the opposite of what they were doing when they were signing players like Alexis Sanchez, when they were throwing money at stuff, the club has had to change its culture and they have.
“So that’s what you have to realise.
“If Saul Niguez is to become an option, it has to be a good financial option as well as fitting in with their playing style.
“So let’s see how that opens up. United had to wait for the Varane deal before they could really switch their focus so hopefully stuff will start to change.”
So Express Sport will now take a look at the potential shirt numbers the Atletico Madrid star could wear if he makes the move.
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While the No 12 is free, however, the No 16 would make more sense.
Like the other jersey it’s currently vacant, and has been since Marcos Rojo’s departure to Boca Juniors.
It’s been worn by club legends such as Michael Carrick and Roy Keane in the past, with both players being huge hits at Old Trafford.
And given Saul is like Carrick in the sense he’s a slick passer of the ball, he may fancy following in their footsteps if a deal can be struck.
There are, however, still two potential alternatives.
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United have given the No 24 shirt to the likes of Darren Fletcher, David Beckham and Paul Scholes over the years.
It was last worn by Tim Fosu-Mensah prior to his move to Bayer Leverkusen.
And given it’s available, it could be heading Saul’s way should Atletico Madrid agree to let their prized asset go.
Fletcher, Beckham and Scholes are all club legends.
And the midfielder would want to achieve similar things if he was to leave La Liga for the Premier League this summer.
The No 32 shirt hasn’t been successful in recent years.
Sam Johnstone barely played, as did Victor Valves, while Mame Diouf never lived up to Sir Alex Ferguson’s expectations.
The last time a true superstar wore it, however, was Carlos Tevez.
And the Argentina international did fantastically during his two years at the club, winning back to back Premier League titles as well as the Champions League.
So that’s another one Saul would have to consider.