According to the Times, Atletico Madrid have offered Saul Niguez to Manchester City in a swap deal that would see Bernardo Silva move to Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
Saul Niguez, 26, has made 337 appearances for Atletico Madrid, contributing with 43 goals and 19 assists in the process. Despite having endured a substandard 2020/21 LaLiga campaign, the Spanish international made 33 league appearances.
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Saul scored two goals and registered an assist, helping Atletico Madrid win the La Liga title. The Times, however, suggest he is currently unsettled at Wanda Metropolitano and is looking to leave the LaLiga club for pastures new.
The 26-year-old midfielder is contracted to Los Rojiblancos until 2026, with a release clause in excess of €100m.
Atletico Madrid value Saul at €70 million, and they want to offer him in a swap deal involving Bernardo Silva, who arrived at Manchester City in a €75 million deal from AS Monaco in the summer of 2017.
Bernardo Silva, 26, has won three Premier League titles in the last four seasons under Pep Guardiola, making over 200 appearances for Manchester City. However, the diminutive Portuguese playmaker didn’t have the best of seasons, and he is one of the few star players City are willing to sacrifice to boost their transfer kitty ahead of the planned squad revamp.
Interestingly, a swap deal involving Atletico’s Saul Niguez and Manchester City playmaker Bernardo Silva should serve well for all parties involved.
Silva is a top playmaker who has tasted massive success at City under Guardiola. At 26, he has plenty of time to continue at the highest level and would add more potency to Atletico’s attack that has already the likes of Luis Suarez, Yannick Carrasco, Joao Felix and Angel Correa.
As far as Saul is concerned, the 26-year-old may have had a mediocre individual campaign in LaLiga but he remains a classy player who will undoubtedly improve Guardiola’s options in midfield.
The Spaniard’s volumes of experience in LaLiga and Europe, as well as the ability to play in various positions across midfield, would add a lot of value to the City squad that’ll look to retain the Premier League title next term.
Thus, the Cityzens must grab the opportunity of signing Saul with both hands in exchange for Silva this summer.