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'Only Thiago': Journalist explains Liverpool thinking on Saul Niguez deal

Liverpool have a lot to think about when it comes to doing a deal for Saul Niguez. One journalist laid it all out.

Journalist Neil Jones recently talked to Goal’s The Shop Window Transfer Show. He tried to explain exactly what Liverpool think about a Saul Niguez deal.

There have been plenty of reports claiming that the Reds would like the Spaniard. They mostly stem from this AS report but really, it just makes sense.

Saul is an experienced all-around midfielder who can play centrally or on the left. Honestly, there isn’t a more obvious replacement for Gini Wijnaldum, given that’s exactly what the Dutchman did.

We think Jurgen Klopp could work wonders with Saul and we’ve tipped him as a potential signing for months now. It just seems perfect as Atletico Madrid look to sell.

But things are trickier than they seem. Jones recently told RedmenTV that he didn’t see the move happening and now explains why.

Jones on a Saul Niguez deal

“Liverpool are trying to negotiate with eight first-teamers over new contracts,” Jones explained to Goal’s podcast. “Then bring in Saul Niguez, whose annual salary would be close to £12m-a-year.

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“You’re trying to negotiate with Fabinho and Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker and Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane and Jordan Henderson.

“And they’re saying ‘we’ll have more than what he’s on because we’ve won the Champions League for you, the Premier League for you’.

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“Liverpool aren’t going to do that, they’ve never done that, really. I wouldn’t even say Alisson and Van Dijk came in on those kinds of wages.

“Only Thiago would be the one, I’d imagine, to come in on a high-ceiling wage.”

It’s easy to see where he’s coming from. It’s also easy to see why Thiago would get special treatment in that respect, given everything he’s achieved.

And few could argue that Saul would deserve a higher wage than any of the players mentioned. If that kills the chances then we’ll probably just have to accept it.

Signing a genuine superstar on huge wages is one thing but Saul isn’t that. As good as we think he is, we might just have to accept that this one – and signings like it – aren’t going happen.

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