Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez is on the verge of getting involved in a blockbuster swap deal, according to multiple reports from Spain. The usual suspects Barcelona are back in business as they woo La Liga champions Atletico Madrid with an ambitious proposal. The swap deal would see Atletico’s Saul move to Barcelona while Barcelona’s Antoine Griezmann goes the other way.
After another day of negotiations, there is still no final agreement between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid on the exchange contract between Griezmann and Saúl. Talks are ongoing, but no agreement has been reached yet. 🔴 #FCB #Atleti
Saúl has also received offers from Premier League clubs and Atléti is ready to sell him.
– Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 16, 2021
The move with Saul and Griezmann could make a lot of sense. Barcelona are desperately trying to balance their books to make amends for the damage caused by their ex-president Josep Bartomeu. The board of directors, led by Joan Laporta, currently has only one mission in mind. They want to cut their wage bills to accommodate Lionel Messi. The legendary Argentina’s contract expired on July 1st. He is unable to sign a new contract as Barcelona’s wage bill exceeds the ceiling set by La Liga.
Hence, they are looking for solutions to fix this problem. Saul Niguez, who had stalled at Atletico for the past two years, was chosen as the right man. The Spanish midfielder played quite a bit in her campaign to win the title. He also meets with interest from other clubs and has to decide where his future lies and has to revitalize his career.
THE AMBITIOUS Swap
Saul Niguez is a midfield maestro who started his career at Real Madrid. He moved through Madrid to join Atletico. Saul has been with the Los Rojiblancos since then, with the exception of a one-year loan to Rayo Vallecano. Saul is blessed with the superior technique and strong physicality to succeed as a defensive or box-to-box midfielder. A few years ago the world was at his feet. However, its progress has stalled in recent years. Atletico have signed Rodrigo de Paul to build on their winning season, making it even more difficult for Saul to regain his old place.
– Saúl Ñiguez (@saulniguez) July 10, 2021
Griezmann, on the other hand, had a wonderful stay at Atletico Madrid. The world champion striker won the Europa League and almost came to the championship title at Atletico Madrid. Since Barcelona registered an initial interest in him, his head has been spinning. The French attacker forced and then ended a controversial move to Catalonia. There were many doubts about him and he was crucified for every single miss shot by the Barcelona believers. Although he gave everything for the team, there was dissatisfaction with him. The fact that Griezmann allegedly earned more than 800,000 euros a week also caused concern among the fans.
FORÇA BARÇA 🔵🔴 pic.twitter.com/X3UhrO2WqH
– Antoine Griezmann (@AntoGriezmann) April 22, 2021
Barcelona saw a window when they felt they needed Griezmann from their books. Griezmann had flashes of his best form at Barcelona but not his best version. A move to Atletico could revive his career. They also needed a strong midfielder to cover the aging Busquets and push Frenkie de Jong to the end. De Paul’s signing to Atletico means Saul can get permission to leave. Since the valuation of both players is not the same, Barcelona are looking for additional money or a player like Renan Lodi or Mario Hermoso together with Saul for Griezmann.
WHO ELSE WANT SAUL?
Saul’s talents are valued across Europe. He is particularly valued in the Premier League. Recently it was rumored that Liverpool reached out to Atletico about Saul and even accepted an offer. The late entry of Barcelona changed the scenario. Even Chelsea are said to be on the hunt for him.
Numerous reports from Atletico Madrid accounts say Saul Niguez is on his way to Liverpool.
The Reds have offered € 40m + add-ons, but Atletico wants € 50m.
They expect a deal to be struck. pic.twitter.com/J86kKaH6sW
– Footy accumulators (@FootyAccums) July 9, 2021
Liverpool lost Georginio Wijnaldum to PSG on a free transfer. You are looking for a capable replacement for the Dutch midfield engine. Saul is a midfielder who ticks all the boxes for the Reds. He offers physicality in the middle of the park and even has as good a goal hazard as Wijnaldum’s. Jürgen Klopp wanted to get the signature done quickly. His plans were suspended because of Barcelona’s involvement.
Chelsea spends a lot of money on the transfer market every year. They want to build on their Champions League success and get a world-class midfielder. Thomas Tuchel is a brilliant man-manager and can get the best out of Saul again.
Chelsea play against Barcelona. Https://t.co/dFxGdQtZ3m
– Chelsea FC News (@Chelsea_FL) July 17, 2021
In a pandemic world, players can lose their shape in an instant. But as they say, form is temporary and class is permanent. Saul’s potential is limitless and he can only learn from this rash to be a better player in the years to come.