Man United ready to bid €80m for Liverpool midfield target; he shares an agent with Konate

Manchester United are reportedly ready to submit a massive bid for Saul Niguez and if Liverpool are going to attract him to Anfield, they will be thankful for their new relationship with ICM Stellar Sports.

A report from El Gol Digital states that the Red Devils are ready to offer Atletico Madrid as much as €80million to sign midfield Saul Niguez and with Liverpool also interested, they would need to match them to stand a chance.

According to Empire of the Kop, “there is a possibility Liverpool will get involved in the Saul Niguez chase.”

Fortunately for the Reds, the Spaniard shares his representation with Ibrahima Konate, who is represented by ICM Stellar Sports and following his move to Anfield, Liverpool are in a strong position to land some more of their clients.

Ibrahima Konate - Liverpool
Konate is Liverpool’s first signing of the summer and arguably the most important. (Photo by Tw/AnfieldWatch)

In the modern game, agents are hugely important and their strong working relationship with Liverpool is evidenced by how quickly they were able to agree on personal terms for Konate.

Almost two months ahead of the official announcement, we reported exclusively that the club had agreed to pay Konate over double what he was earning at RB Leipzig and this bodes well for any future negotiations with ICM Stellar Sports.

Agreeing on personal terms with Saul will be a lot harder just based on where he is at in his career, with the Spaniard a championship winner and an established world-class star in the Atletico Madrid team.

Ultimately, what will cost Liverpool the chance to sign the 26-year-old will be the fee that Atletico Madrid will demand, with Saul’s contract at the Wanda Metropolitano only set to expire in 2026.

The midfielder famously signed a nine-year contract with Atletico in 2017.

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)

It’s for this reason that I think El Gol Digital could be correct in reporting that Man United are prepared to offer an €80million fee to Atleti but having said that, Liverpool will almost certainly avoid a deal that costs that much.

Signing someone like Youri Tielemans for a fee in the region of £50million makes a lot more sense financially and in terms of longevity, with the Belgian Saul’s junior by two years.

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

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