Liverpool in agreement over second summer signing and Fabrizio Romano has confirmed he could leave this summer

Liverpool’s interest in Saul seems to be hotting up after it was claimed in Spain that Liverpool are in agreement with Atletico Madrid to sign the no.8.

With Georginio Wijnaldum officially no longer a Liverpool player as his contract expired at midnight on June 30th, the need to replace him has taken on added urgency.

Wijnaldum - Liverpool v Crystal Palace - Premier League
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MAY 23: Georginio Wijnaldum and Thiago Alcantara of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Crystal Palace at Anfield on May 23, 2021 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

The Dutchman was arguably the fittest player at Anfield and so it is important to replace him with someone that is also available for just about every game.

Enter Saul Niguez.

Liverpool reach agreement with Atletico Madrid

Sensationally, La Razon has published a report titled: “Atlético de Madrid agrees to sell Saúl Ñíguez to Liverpool” and if true, the Reds are getting a great player.

Not only is he technically gifted and brilliant at breaking up play in the middle of the park but he also has a great injury history which is quite important to Liverpool at the moment.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Gini Wijnaldum of Liverpool and Saul Niguez of Atletico Madrid during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Liverpool FC and Atletico Madrid at Anfield on March 11, 2020 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MARCH 11: Gini Wijnaldum of Liverpool and Saul Niguez of Atletico Madrid during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Liverpool FC and Atletico Madrid at Anfield on March 11, 2020 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

After a season in which Jurgen Klopp battled to field the same centre-backs together due to injury, he’ll be delighted to learn that Saul has missed just 18 games in his entire career.

With AS claiming he is worth €40million and La Razon saying that Liverpool need to offer offer “slightly” more than the fee that Atletico Madrid “finally pays for Rodrigo de Paul, Saúl Ñíguez could land at Anfield this summer.”

Fabrizio Romano confirms Saul could leave

Without mentioning any clubs by name, the Italian journalist is told that ‘many clubs’ are interested in signing the Spanish midfielder this summer.

Atletico Madrid's Spanish midfielder Saul Niguez shoots to score a goal during the Spanish League football match between Espanyol and Atletico Madrid at the Cornella-El Prat stadium in Cornella de Llobregat on March 1, 2020.
Atletico Madrid’s Spanish midfielder Saul Niguez shoots to score a goal during the Spanish League football match between Espanyol and Atletico Madrid at the Cornella-El Prat stadium in Cornella de Llobregat on March 1, 2020. (Photo by PAU BARRENA/AFP via Getty Images)

His market value is down €110million (a 73% decrease) and with it looking as though Liverpool have beaten the likes of Chelsea and both Manchester clubs to his signature, Michael Edwards may have pulled off another masterclass.

Romano also said: “Rodrigo de Paul will be announced as new Atletico Madrid player this month. The deal is 100% done, signed, sealed, delivered for €35m. Medicals scheduled after the Copa America, contract until June 2026.

“Saúl could leave Atléti this summer – many clubs interested.”

Saul would be world-class for Liverpool

If it’s true that €40million is Atletico Madrid’s asking price for Saul then Liverpool should absolutely be all over his next move.

VALLADOLID, SPAIN - MAY 22: Saul Niguez of Atletico de Madrid celebrates winning the La Liga Santander title after victory the La Liga Santander match between Real Valladolid CF and Atletico de Madrid at Estadio Municipal Jose Zorrilla on May 22, 2021 in Valladolid, Spain.
VALLADOLID, SPAIN – MAY 22: Saul Niguez of Atletico de Madrid celebrates winning the La Liga Santander title after victory the La Liga Santander match between Real Valladolid CF and Atletico de Madrid at Estadio Municipal Jose Zorrilla on May 22, 2021 in Valladolid, Spain. (Photo by Pedro Salado/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

He’d give them immense quality in midfield and there’s an argument to be made that he’s actually an upgrade on Georginio Wijnaldum which takes some doing.

The Dutchman is going to be a huge miss for Liverpool if they cannot replace him with someone of a similar class but if Klopp can sign Saul, Gini’s free-agent move to PSG wouldn’t hurt as much.

It actually reminds me of Emre Can leaving for free to join Juventus before he was quickly replaced by Fabinho, who is absolutely world class.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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