Saul Niguez wants to leave Atletico Madrid, according to reports. Liverpool shouldn’t think twice about this one.
This comes from AS. They claim Saul Niguez wants to leave Atletico Madrid over a lack of playing time.
The Spaniard has only featured in 58 per cent of Atletico’s minutes this season. It means both sides are open to a split, with Bayern Munich hovering around.
Atletico would accept between £30m and £42m for a fee this summer.
For us, this is a deal Liverpool should get involved on.
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Saul is a highly-experienced player. He has over 200 games in La Liga, 19 caps for Spain and several honours to his name.
And at 26, he’s right in his prime. That enough means Liverpool should have an eye on things.
But there is one major factor in play – Gini Wijnaldum’s future. The Dutchman could be on his way out this summer as he comes to the end of his contract.
Liverpool will want a replacement and, quite honestly, Saul is perfect. He brings immediate experience and is a player in his prime, of course.
But he’s also a left-footed central midfielder who can drift out wide, while contributing between six and nine goals per season. That’s exactly the role on the left of Liverpool’s midfield three – Wijnaldum’s current place.
They want someone who can play a physical game in the middle, has the intelligence to cover runs from the full-backs and the ability to burst forward when necessary.
That is effectively describing Saul. That’s his game summed up and he may be the perfect Wijnaldum replacement.
One of the most difficult aspects of Liverpool’s midfield is how pragmatic they must be. They need to play a controlling possession game when necessary, but also a physical one or a high-tempo counter-attacking one.
Saul is noted for his ability to play every style under the sun.
This is how Guillem Balague described him back in 2018:
“He can play in the Simeone style without the ball, quick putting teams under pressure, but also in the Barcelona style if he wanted to, quick with his passes, and of course he has got the physique to come from deep as he did with one of the goals against Croatia.
“You have got everything in one player.”
For £30m? We think Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp could work absolute wonders with Saul. If Wijnaldum truly is off, here’s the replacement.