According to multiple reports from Spain, Atlético de Madrid’s Saúl Niguez is about to be involved in a highly successful swap deal. Barcelona’s usual suspects are back in business when they woo La Liga champions Atlético de Madrid with an ambitious proposal. The swap deal would see Atlético’s Saúl move to Barcelona and Barcelona’s Antoine Griezmann would go the other direction.
After another day of negotiations, there is still no definitive agreement between Barcelona and Atlético de Madrid for the Griezmann-Saúl exchange. The talks are ongoing, but there is no agreement yet. 🔴 #FCB #Athletics
Saúl has also received offers from Premier League clubs and Atléti are willing to sell him.
– Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 16, 2021
The move that includes Saul and Griezmann could make a lot of sense. Barcelona are desperately trying to balance their accounts to repair the damage caused by their former president Josep Bartomeu. The board, headed by Joan Laporta, currently has a single mission. They are looking to cut their salary spending to accommodate Lionel Messi. The legendary Argentine international’s contract expired on July 1. He cannot sign a new agreement as Barcelona’s wage bill exceeds the limit set by La Liga.
As a result, they are looking for solutions to fix this problem. Saúl Niguez, who has been stuck at Atlético for the past two years, was chosen as the right man. The Spanish midfielder played parts and roles in his campaign for the title. He is also attracting the interest of other clubs and he has to decide where his future lies and must revive his career.
THE AMBITIOUS CHANGE
Saul Niguez is a midfield master who started his career at Real Madrid. He moved through Madrid to join Atlético. Saúl has been with Los Rojiblancos since then, except for a year on loan to Rayo Vallecano. Saul is fortunate to have supreme technique and a strong physique to thrive as a defensive or area-to-area midfielder. He had the world at his feet a couple of years ago. However, their progress has stalled in recent years. Atlético signed Rodrigo de Paul to continue their league-winning campaign, making it even more difficult for Saúl to regain his old place.
– Saúl Ñiguez (@saulniguez) July 10, 2021
Griezmann, for his part, had a wonderful stay at Atlético de Madrid. The world champion forward won the Europa League and came close to winning the League at Atlético de Madrid. Since Barcelona registered an initial interest in him, he turned his head. The French attacker then forced and ended a controversial transfer to Catalonia. There were many doubts about him and he was crucified for every fault of the faithful in Barcelona. Despite giving everything for the team, there were discontent for him. In addition, the fact that Griezmann was reportedly earning more than € 800,000 per week caused riots among fans.
FORÇA BARÇA 🔵🔴 pic.twitter.com/X3UhrO2WqH
– Antoine Griezmann (@AntoGriezmann) April 22, 2021
Barcelona saw a window when they felt they needed Griezmann off their books. Griezmann had flashes of his best form in Barcelona but not his best version. A trade to Atlético could revive his career again. They also needed a strong midfielder to cover the aging Busquets and push Frenkie de Jong all the way. The signing of De Paul at Atlético means Saúl can be allowed to leave. Since the valuation of both players is not the same, Barcelona is looking for extra money or a player like Renan Lodi or Mario Hermoso with Saúl for Griezmann.
WHO ELSE DOES SAUL WANT?
Saul’s talents are well appreciated throughout Europe. Especially in the Premier League he is highly rated. It was recently rumored that Liverpool approached Atlético for Saúl and even accepted an offer. Barcelona’s late entry changed the scene. Chelsea is even said to be on the hunt for him.
Numerous accounts from Atletico Madrid-based accounts claim that Saúl Niguez is on his way to Liverpool.
The Reds have offered 40 million euros + accessories, but Atlético wants 50 million euros.
They wait for an agreement to be reached. pic.twitter.com/J86kKaH6sW
– Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) July 9, 2021
Liverpool lost Georginio Wijnaldum in a free transfer to PSG. They are looking for capable replacements for the Dutch midfield engine. Saúl is a midfielder who ticks all the boxes for the Reds. It offers physicality in the middle of the park and even has as good a goal threat as Wijnaldum’s. Jurgen Klopp wanted the signing to be done quickly. His plans were interrupted by the involvement of Barcelona.
Chelsea spend a lot on the transfer market annually. They want to build on their success in the Champions League and bring in a world-class midfielder. Thomas Tuchel is a brilliant manager-man and can bring out the best in Saul again.
Chelsea face Barcelona.https://t.co/dFxGdQtZ3m
– Chelsea FC News (@Chelsea_FL) July 17, 2021
In a world plagued by pandemics, players can lose shape in no time. But as they say, the form is temporary and the class is permanent. Saul’s potential is limitless and he can only learn from this problem to emerge as a better player for years to come.