Manchester United are looking to bolster their midfield options once again this summer with a move for Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez being lined up, according to reports out of Spain.
United have been tracking the versatile midfielder over the course of the season and are willing to offer more than £31 million for the Spaniard, according to Don Balon.
The Real Madrid academy product has been in good form for Atletico this season, making 24 league appearances for Diego Simeone’s side. His current contract runs until 2020 but the 21 year old recently rejected a contract extension, casting his future into doubt.
United are ready to try and offer Saul an escape but will need to make a substantial offer for the exciting Spanish youngster.
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Although he has yet to make his full international debut, Saul has represented La Roja at Under-16 to Under-21 levels, making a total of 50 appearances.
United currently have a host of central midfield options, but a lack of younger players in the position, with Michael Carrick and Bastian Schweinsteiger both over the age of 30.
Saul has scored a total of eight goals with two assists in 34 appearances for Atletico across all competitions this term and has become an integral part of the side.
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Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke has revealed that he would like to replicate the legacy of departing Liverpool legend and new LA Galaxy Designated Player Steven Gerrard.
“I have a contract with Atletico, I want to accomplish things and I am happy here. Of course I’d like to be Atleti’s Gerrard,” Koke told FourFourTwo magazine.
The 23-year-old has scored two goals and made ten assists in La Liga this season and although he has been linked with moves to Manchester United and Chelsea in the last few months, it looks like he is keen to stay at the Vicente Calderon for as long as possible.
Koke began his youth career with Atletico back in 2000 at the age of eight and has been in the Spanish capital ever since. He broke into the first-team in 2009 when he was 17-years-old and has been a regular in midfield for the last six years.
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The Spaniard’s career so far follows a similar pattern to that of Gerrard’s – the Englishman began his youth career with Liverpool in 1987 at the age of seven before bursting on to the first-team scene in 1998 as an 18-year-old.
Gerrard will arrive at LA Galaxy at some point in July and will look to improve the performances of his new side who are currently struggling with just three wins (D5, L4) from their opening 12 gamesand are seventh out of ten in the Western Conference.
The 34-year-old will play his last Premier League game for Liverpool on Sunday away at Stoke City before he prepares for his MLS adventure with a short summer break.
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Chelsea are considering a move for Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin if they fail in their chase of Raphael Varane, according to The Mirror.
The highly rated 29-year-old centre-back is contracted until 2018, and despite having a release clause of £28.5 million in his contract, he could be a more achievable target than Varane.
Mourinho has the second best defence in the Premier League but is keen to bolster his options with his captain, John Terry, turning 35 next season.
It is no secret that Mourinho rates Varane very highly, but the Real Madrid defender has featured in the starting lineup more often recently due to injuries to Carlo Ancelotti’s key men, Sergio Ramos and Pepe, and that will give him encouragement to stay and fight for his place.
Godin would be an ideal second choice for Mourinho, as he has had to deal with defending against some of the best players in the world at FC Barcelona and Real Madrid in recent years.
The Uruguayan international is also a real threat in front of goal and scored in Atletico’s Champions League final loss to their bitter rivals, Real last year, and could opt for a change as he is in his fifth year at the club.
A move to Chelsea would see Godin link up with former Atletico teammates Diego Costa and Thibaut Courtois, as another raid on the Spanish club looks likely.
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Atletico Madrid defender Miranda could be set for a summer move to Chelsea after the Blues sent the club’s technical director Michael Emenalo to watch the Brazilian centre-back in Atletico’s 2-2 draw with Malaga on Saturday, according to Spanish newspaper AS.
Miranda still has one year remaining on his contract for the Madrid side but could be tempted with a move to London to join old teammates Diego Costa and Filipe Luis.
Chelsea were linked with Miranda last summer but nothing materialised and now they could get their man for a cut-price fee due to his contract expiring soon, with Atletico Madrid potentially willing to sell the defender rather than lose him for free in 2016.
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Miranda has made 19 appearances in La Liga this season, chipping in with three goals and an assist, but with the rise of Atletico’s young defender Jose Maria Gimenez to regular first-team action, the Brazilian’s game time could be in danger, making the move more likely.
There was speculation linking the 30-year-old with a move to Manchester United a few weeks ago and Miranda told Brazilian website Estadao that the rumours made him “happy” because it shows he’s “doing well.”
The rumours have flattered Miranda but he said, “my intention is to stay at Atletico because I still have a year and a half on my contract,” although the Spanish side would probably want to cash in on a transfer fee before the contract is up.
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David Villa has emerged as a shock transfer target for the new MLS franchise New York City FC and the Spaniard could be set to leave Atletico Madrid this summer.
Reports in Spain suggest he is close to agreeing a three-year contract with the New York City side who share the same owners as English Premier League club Manchester City.
Former director of Barcelona, Txiki Begiristain now of Manchester City, persuaded David Villa to leave Valencia and join the Catalan giants in 2010, and will be a huge influence on him joining the New York club.
Having won Liga BBVA again with current club Atletico Madrid, he could be set for a fresh challenge and a move to America could be just that.
Villa would surely be a designated player as New York City FC look to take the MLS by storm in their debut season next year.
The 32-year-old, who has 224 La Liga goals to his name, would be a huge coup for New York City and MLS.
The new franchise have also been linked with Villa’s Spanish compatriot Xavi, with New York City prepared to offer him a lucrative three-year contract as well.
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