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Manchester United are believed to be progressing in their attempts to strengthen their midfield this summer as negotiations with Saul Niguez’s representatives take a ‘decisive step’.
The Red Devils have leapfrogged rivals Liverpool in the race for the Atletico Madrid playmaker, who had been strongly linked with Manchester City earlier in the window.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will now look to capitalise on the collapse of a swap deal between Atleti and Barcelona for Antoine Griezmann to seal their latest signing.
According to Mundo Deportivo, United have advanced in negotiations with Saul’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, after Atletico and Barca were unable to reach an agreement over their proposed swap deal.
These negotiations have now reached a decisive step for the La Liga champions, allowing United to overtake Liverpool in the race for the £36million-rated Spain international.
The 26-year-old has been heavily linked with a move away from the Wanda Metropolitano this summer after 13 years with the club.
Manchester City were heavily rumoured to be considering a swap deal for Saul that would see Bernardo Silva move the other way, but these links have cooled as the window has progressed.
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He starred 41 times in all competitions last season as Diego Simeone’s men won their 11th league title.
However, he was not selected as part of Luis Enrique’s squad for the European Championship’s and has not been capped by Spain since 2019.
The versatile midfielder has been coveted by a number of Europe’s biggest clubs in the past thanks to his comfortability playing in either a deep or advanced midfield role, as well as out wide.
It is understood that Saul will fill the defensive midfield void that Solskjaer wants occupied this summer, as he also chases Real Madrid centre back Raphael Varane, after United agreed a deal with Borussia Dortmund for England winger Jadon Sancho earlier this month.
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