Manchester City close to sealing deal for Atletico Madrid midfielder

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ESPN are reporting that Pep Guardiola is a fan of Atletico Madrid star Saul Niguez, and has chose to bring him to the Etihad Stadium in the summer.

The Cityzens had initially tried to sign Frenkie De Jong from Ajax Amsterdam, but lost out to Barcelona, who will have the services of the Dutchman next season.

ESPN also suggests that Saul's representative have been in talks with Ernesto Valverde's side for the last few months and have told Barca that he can not stay at Atletico anymore.

Saul signed a nine-year deal with Diego Simeone's side in 2017 and subsequently his contract at Atletico runs out in 2026.

Morata wasn't at all surprised to see the English champions interested in the midfielder.

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According to ESPN, City have turned to Saul, 24, instead, and are ahead of Barca in their attempt to sign the Spanish player.

Saul had been open to a move to Barcelona but his people have now informed the Catalan club his final destination will be Manchester.

With City spending nearly two years searching for a replacement for Brazil worldwide Fernandinho, who will be 34 in May, they are now set to win the race for Saul at the end of this season.

Saul, 24, has a contract with Atletico until the summer of 2026, but the Spain global has been continually linked with a move away from the Wanda Metropolitano over the last 12 months.

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