From Spain: Man United send delegation to negotiate Saul Niguez deal

by Sam Peoples

Cadena Cope have followed up their story on Manchester United’s interest in Saul Niguez and today report that we have sent a delegation to Spain in order to negotiate a deal for him.

Ruiz Antonito from Cope says Man United are determined to sign Niguez and will come back for him in the summer if nothing moves forward on a transfer in January.

Having only just signed a new five-year contract in May 2015 which would keep him at the club until 2020, Atletico Madrid are in the driving seat when it comes to any negotiations but he does have a release clause believed to be €24m.

Of course, as we learned first hand from our pursuit of Ander Herrera, release clauses aren’t that straight forward in Spain and a club isn’t obliged to accept an offer which matches one. Tax complications sometimes mean deals are far more difficult to complete and there’s every chance that would happen again with Niguez, given that Atletico have no intention of selling him.

This Niguez story comes as a bit of a surprise for United fans because at a time when our squad is lacking in so many areas, why on earth would we be looking to strengthen the one area – central midfield – where we have genuine quality and strength? It’s a baffling one.

Delegations and negotiations don’t mean a deal will be completed but within the space of 24 hours, this story has developed from simple interest in a €20m move to one which reports are suggesting is accelerating rapidly. We’ll follow it closely to see how it continues to unfold.

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