Liverpool had an offer for Saul Niguez ready before Manchester United involved themselves. That’s according to reports out of Spain.
This comes from AS. They claim Liverpool had a €40m (£34m) offer ready for Saul Niguez, only for Manchester United to push in front.
United, worried about Paul Pogba potentially departing, were prepared to offer far more than their rivals. That immediately pushed Liverpool out of the running.
Not that United have really pushed forward with anything. They merely set the minimum for Saul, essentially, and it was one Liverpool couldn’t meet.
Barcelona have since tried and failed to sign the player, while Fabrizio Romano now believes Chelsea have eyes on the situation.
United muscle-out Liverpool over Saul
This shouldn’t really be a surprise to anyone. In fact, it explains some things.
Journalist Neil Jones told Redmen TV recently that Saul would want over £200k-a-week in wages. Essentially, he wants wages in line with Liverpool’s best players – even though he wouldn’t be.
But we can understand him justifying those demands if United rocked up and made him an offer as a Pogba replacement. They’re unlikely to have offered him a small wage packet if that was the role lined up for him.
As we explained here, Liverpool aren’t in a position to rival United over much financially. And that’s especially the case when talking about a player who wouldn’t be a game-changer.
That’s not to say that Saul wouldn’t be a great signing for Liverpool. In fact, we think Jurgen Klopp could work wonders with him and there are few players more able to replace Gini Wijnaldum.
But Saul wouldn’t come into the first-XI. He’s a level below the Fabinho/Thiago/Jordan Henderson trio and thus those wage demands wouldn’t line up with Liverpool.
Unfortunately, competition forced the Reds out of this race.