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.
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.
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.
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.
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.