Man United in advanced talks with 25-year-old Spanish midfielder

Red Devils are just prepared to stump up around half Saul Niguez’s release clause, with the club reportedly unwilling to pay anywhere close to the full £132m fee Atletico Madrid are demanding.

Man United have earmarked Spain international as the perfect replacement for Paul Pogba should the World Cup winner leave Theatre of Dreams and are ‘increasingly confident’ of securing a deal for the midfielder.

However, La Liga giants included a £132m buy-out clause in the mammoth nine-year contract he signed in 2017 and are adamant Saul will not be allowed to leave unless that clause is triggered. But Red Devils chief Ed Woodward has no desire to pay that much, which would break Man United’s transfer record and will not be held to ransom.

Red Devils will not pay over £70m for Niguez in the current market, an amount they feel is a fair price even though it is only around half the release clause written into his deal. Paul’s £89m move from Juventus to Man United stays the biggest fee any club has spent on a midfielder, with Barcelona’s £66m deal for Frenkie de Jong the next closest.

Red Devils £70m valuation of the 25-year-old midfielder would exceed that fee, though the Los Rojiblancos have no desire to lose a player who has missed only one of the club’s 38 matches in the 2019/20 campaign and is vital to Diego Simeone’s project.

Man United bosses have been very impressed with the Spanish midfielder who starred with Liverpool in the UCL and believed he is entering his peak years and would be perfect for English football.