This week, Manchester United have been linked with a sensational £18m move for Atletico Madrid’s talented youngster Saul Niguez. Who is Niguez, and could he be just what United need to start climbing up the Premier League table?
Lets face it, Man Utd have massively underachieved yet again this season. Van Gaal’s side were knocked out the Champions League at the group stage, they squeezed their way into the fourth round of the FA Cup with a narrow 1-0 home win over League One Sheffield United last week and are struggling to find any consistency in the Premier League.
However, with the latest rumours linking United with a big-money move for Niguez, could he turn out to be the catalyst to kick-start their underwhelming season? With reports suggesting that Diego Simeone is desperate to keep hold of the 21-year-old, that speaks volumes of how highly rated Niguez is in Spain.
Despite being only 21, he’s been a regular in Simeone’s lineup for the past two seasons or so, stacking up 39 La Liga appearances for Atletico in the process.
Niguez is an extremely talented individual. The Spain U21 international can play in the centre of midfield or as a defensive midfielder – he’s also more than capable of chipping in with the odd goal or two.
This term, the youngster has netted an impressive five times in 22 league and cup games for the current La Liga leaders.
Age no problem for Van Gaal
Van Gaal has already proved with the signings of Anthony Martial and Memphis Depay that it doesn’t matter what age they are, if they’re good enough, he will pay the big bucks to secure their services.
If the Red Devils can persuade Niguez to join at Old Trafford, it would send a real signal of intent to their Premier League rivals. The midfielder is young, talented and has the world at his feet.
It would be a real coup for United if they did manage to pull this one off.
Written by Gareth Hinton
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