La Liga No.8 reacts to Man Utd transfer links

Atletico Madrid star and long-time Manchester United target Saul Niguez reveals he is ‘very flattered’ by rumours linking him with a transfer to Old Trafford.

The Spaniard enjoyed another strong season last season, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer allegedly considering making an offer – though the Red Devils ultimately purchased Ajax midfielder, Donny van de Beek.

United icon Rio Ferdinand has long pushed for United to sign Niguez, previously describing the Spaniard as a ‘very, very good player’ that could bring a host of much-needed qualities to his old side’s midfield.

Now Saul has addressed the Red Devils’ interest and says he appreciates being mentioned with such a big and historic club, while he was also grateful for Rio’s remarks.

Asked how he reacted to rumours of the club’s interest, and Ferdinand’s praise, Niguez told Marca: ‘Well, honestly, very well.

‘I am very flattered that a club like Manchester United, or other teams that ask about me, take me into consideration. For me it is very positive.

‘And important people from those clubs [such as Ferdinand] speaking well of me means that I am doing things well at Atletico Madrid.’

United’s interest in the player is likely to have ended with the landing of Van de Beek, with Solskjaer now looking to prioritise new players in other areas of the pitch.

The manager remains eager to bring in a new right winger with Jadon Sancho still his top target in spite of talks with Borussia Dortmund stalling, while the club have also been mentioned with a new backup striker and a left-back.