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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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Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid

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Coming off a highly controversial game against Almeria, Real Madrid will now travel to Gran Canaria to take on Las Palmas tomorrow as part of the early kick-off.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke about the clash tomorrow, starting off by confirming his goalkeeper for tomorrow, “Lunin will start tomorrow.”

He also added that Madrid were looking to get back to their usual level after back-to-back poor performances, one of which included elimination against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey round of 16.

“We are motivated to return to our best level after 2 bad games.”

The Italian gaffer also commented on the biggest football story in the world today, which was Jurgen Klopp announcing his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.

“It’s quite surprising, I understand. Working for a long time with the same club and players lowers your motivation a bit. He’s doing a fantastic job at Liverpool.”

And of course, Ancelotti also spoke about the leaked VAR audiovisual, some of which are highly controversial for all parties involved. Barcelona coach and players have also commented on the same, in light of the Negreira case.

“They have talked a lot. Everyone knows what has happened in the last 20 years in Spanish football. The Civil Guard is carrying out an investigations. That is the real problem of Spanish football.”

Luckily for the manager and fans, all injured players — minus the ACL trio of David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois — are available. Jude Bellingham is suspended, however.

“Everyone is available now after the recent period of injuries.”

“Making up for Bellingham’s absence tomorrow? Brahim and Joselu are available options. They were able to show themselves after I relied on them as substitutes,” he added.

And as far as Militao and Courtois are concerned, both of whom tore their ACL early in the season, Ancelotti suggested that they could make their return before the season ends.

“Courtois and Militão both have the option to play this season. The recovery process is going very well, they are training on an individual level. It is February and these types of injuries last 6-8 months, so I think they will recover before the end of the season.”

Source: Mundo Deportivo

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