Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez is the latest player to be linked with a transfer to Manchester United this summer.
The MEN understands United are targeting two more major signings once Jadon Sancho’s imminent arrival is finalised and reports emerged on Tuesday claiming Saul’s agent has made contact with Old Trafford chiefs over the possibility of a transfer
It’s said that Saul’s representatives have also contacted Liverpool, though, and the Spaniard has also been heavily linked with Barcelona, but it’s not a surprise the midfielder is seemingly in demand after clinching the La Liga title with Atletico Madrid.
Saul, 26, made 41 appearances across all competitions for Atletico last season and over the years he’s built a reputation as one of Europe’s finest players, boasting a varied skillset on the ball which could offer United the perfect balance they need in midfield.
So, how could United line up if they do decide to call Saul? We’ve taken a closer look below.
Although Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted that United could change formation next season, the 4-2-3-1 has been one of the constant features of his tenure – the Norwegian actually used this approach in 86 per cent of the Reds’ fixtures last campaign.
Rather surprisingly considering the formation’s popularity in the modern-day game, Atletico Madrid didn’t use it last season, but Saul has demonstrated he would be more than comfortable playing in a double pivot, which would likely be alongside
His excellent range of passing could fashion opportunities for United and it would help break the opposition’s defensive lines, so the value he could add to attacking sequences shouldn’t be underestimated – Pogba could simply drop back and cover when required.
This formation might leave United vulnerable in games of high importance, though.