Last month, Manchester United sent scouts to watch Saul Niguez in action for Rayo Vallecano and we have since been linked with a move for the 19-year-old on-loan Atletico Madrid midfielder.
However, he has now put pen to paper in a contract extension that has a release clause of €24 million attached to it meaning David Moyes will have to pay a premium in order to sign him.
Further good news at Atletico is Saúl [midfielder on loan at Rayo linked with Man Utd], yesterday signing new contract to 2018 [€24m clause]
— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) February 15, 2014
When questioned about United’s interest last month, Niguez insisted he was unaware of it. “I know nothing [of the Manchester United interest],” he said.
“I’m just focused on Rayo Vallecano and now we have to win Saturday’s game because it is very important that the coach, managers and fans see that we are focused on our goal, which is now staying up.”
The Mirror predicted that Niguez’s value would rise to £20 million amid interest from Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal – they were spot on.
Moyes has made it clear in his failed attempts to sign Cesc Fabregas and Ander Herrera that he has a soft spot for Spanish midfielders and Niguez may have been another on his radar, but he’ll now have to pay a substantial fee to bring him to Old Trafford whereas before he could have been an undervalued gem.