Manchester United and Liverpool are both in the hunt for Saul Niguez and his transfer could be sealed this week, according to reports.
They will jet to England in a bid to tie up a deal with the Red Devils currently edging their rivals in the race as they hunt for an assertive and creative force to play alongside Bruno Fernandes.
It’s believed they player wants his future sorted immediately and Atletico will wait to hear the proposals on offer.
He has a £125million buyout clause in his contract but it seems a deal worth around £40m could be enough to get a transfer done.
Indeed, Simeone has even addressed the transfer rumours surrounding Saul this summer.
He said: “We cannot put aside what is rumoured and talked about.
“If he has to leave, [I’ll] give him a big hug, wish him the best with the boys who gave us life and to continue being friends, as always. Either to Barcelona or elsewhere.”
Simeone believes Saul wants to play a more prominent role rather than continue being an important but versatile option for Ateltico.
“Last season he spoke with the club, with us about his needs and what he spoke about was the option of having a position on the pitch where he feels more important,” he added.
“And I consider that Saul became Saul by playing everywhere, but he or many of those around him see it as something negative.
“He is very important for Atletico because he can play as a full-back, right-wing, midfielder. He gives us a lot of options to be able to count on him. He is a player who, in that version and playing how the coach needs him to, performs very well.”
And Simeone has always been high on the potential of Saul.
Back in 2017, he stated: “Always since I got to the club, beyond the goal of winning titles, that were achieved, I always said that I wanted to promote [home-grown] players.
“Saul, Koke, Lucas [Hernandez], Thomas [Partey], it’s a group of guys who always responded well since I arrived.
“Saul has all the conditions to be among the best midfielders in the world. He can shoot, pass, has rhythm, plays with his head.”
Hight praise and he could now bring his talents to the Premier League.
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