Sky Sports’ Guillem Balague has announced that both clubs are set to do battle for Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez, with the Catalan giants having a distinct advantage.
Of course, Saul is the talk of the football world this week, having given Atletico the win in their Champions League semi-final first leg against Bayern Munich with a wonderful effort. It’s therefore no surprise that two of the biggest names in the game have indicated their interest, via Sky Sports pundit Guillem Balague.
Manchester United could do with a big name midfielder to kickstart their form in the post-Alex Ferguson era, but Barca have a monumental trick up their sleeve courtesy of an old contractual clause.
“Saul has a buy-out clause of 45m euros”, Balague stated during a Twitter Q&A.
“There is a clause since the David Villa transfer to Barcelona, a clause that says Barcelona can equal any offer and can take him.
Barcelona are interested, and so are Manchester United. He belongs 40 per cent to Jorge Mendes, and we’ll have to see. The last renewal offer from the club has been rejected by Saul, but the club will continue to negotiate.”
The David Villa transfer in 2013 has reaped dividends for Barcelona considering the 21-year-old Saul’s current standing in the game in 2016.
The involvement of super-agent Jorge Mendes though, could prove interesting. Agent to the likes of Jose Mourinho, Manchester United-manager elect, Mendes have yet have an influence on where Saul may eventually end up.
United fans will hope that the dynamic duo will be winging their way to Old Trafford before too long.