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Atletico Madrid set to offer 27-year-old midfielder to Juventus

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Once regarded as the future of Spanish football, Saul Niguez has endured a rapid fall from grace over the past couple of years.

The midfielder has found his career marred by injuries and lack of form, with the player even returning from an underwhelming loan spell at Chelsea this past season.

Upon his return to Atletico Madrid, Saul has now fallen behind in the pecking order. With the midfielder struggling to fulfil his potential in recent years, many expect him to serve merely as an understudy for the likes of Rodrigo de Paul, Koke and others next season.

With that in mind, Atletico Madrid are actively looking to offload Saul Niguez in the ongoing summer transfer window.

The Spaniard’s departure could go a long way in helping the club balance the books ahead of the new season. He could also generate a significant transfer revenue that may help Los Rojiblancos bring in some new players during the remainder of the summer transfer window.

According to El Larguero (h/t Atletico Universe), Atletico Madrid have offered Saul Niguez to Juventus. The midfielder could be offered in the coming hours in order to help the Italian outfit fill the gap left by Paul Pogba.

The former Manchester United superstar returned to Allianz Stadium earlier in the summer, but the Frenchman has picked up a meniscal injury and might be sidelined for quite some time before he can officially make his first appearance for Juve next season.

That is where Saul Niguez comes into the fray. The former Chelsea starlet has the experience and creativity to plug the hole left by Pogba’s injury while his versatility could open up a host of tactical possibilities for Massimiliano Allegri.

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Atletico Madrid will try to sign Arsenal, Liverpool target for free in the summer

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Atletico Madrid saw a lot of movement during the January transfer window as they saw several players leave, while also bringing in a couple of new faces in.

But one player who they tried to sign and could not is Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram.

Indeed, according to AS, was on the top of director Andrea Berta’s list for the winter window as he is in the final six months of his contract. But, Gladbach asked for a fee of around €10-12 million to offload him, which prompted Atletico Madrid to move for Depay instead.

But the report states that Thuram continues to be on the agenda at the Civitas Metropolitano and Berta will try to sign him again in the summer transfer window.

However, there will be intense competition for the 25-year-old’s services given that he will be available for a free transfer at the end of the season.

Juventus and Inter Milan have shown an interest in Thuram, but there are a lot of clubs in England wishing to sign him up.

Indeed, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are all said to be gunning for the French forward’s signing while more clubs could join the list of his suitors as days progress.

So, it will be important for Atletico Madrid to achieve a top-four finish in La Liga and qualify for the UEFA Champions League for next season if they wish to attract a player of Thuram’s capability and calibre.

The 25-year-old has netted 13 goals and set up four more in 19 matches across all competitions. His ability to play anywhere across the frontline makes him an attractive prospect for interested parties such as Atletico.

But given the intense competition, Diego Simeone & co. will need to act swiftly if they wish to sign Thuram.

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