Barcelona have jumped to the front of the queue in the battle to add Saul Niguez in this summer transfer window. The Atletico Madrid star is also the subject of interest from PL clubs Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United.

Spain international has, for years, been a crucial figure for Los Colchoneros, having made a spot in midfield his own for close to half a decade. 2020/21, though, saw Niguez’s stock drop a little at Atletico Madrid, with the midfielder becoming a rotation option for the Argentine manager.

The fall in stature at club level reflected on the international stage as well, with Saul losing his place in the Furia Roja squad this year. As a result, it has not come as a surprise that the 26-year-old midfielder is keen on leaving Wanda Metropolitano this transfer window, with Barcelona, Liverpool, Man United and Chelsea all hot on his trails.

The Blaugrana are looking to offload Miralem Pjanic after a horrific maiden season for the Bosnian midfielder at the Catalan club. In addition, Philippe Coutinho has been deemed surplus to requirements as well, while Ilaix Moriba is facing an unknown future at Camp Nou amid a deal standoff with Barcelona.

The Red Devils are in a precarious position over the future of Paul Pogba. France international has entered the final year of his deal at Man United and is stalling on a renewal. Thus, Man United must stay on their toes searching for a replacement, with the Spanish midfielder an option worth considering.