'Niguez will announce his departure in the right way'

Saul Niguez (Getty Images)
Saul Niguez (Getty Images)

Renowned football journalist Guillem Balague is unconvinced that Saul Niguez is set to reveal his decision to leave Atletico Madrid and join Manchester United following a cryptic tweet.

Saul has been identified as a player who 'ticks all the right boxes' to partner Bruno Fernandes in the Red Devils' central midfield.

That cryptic message has led many to believe Man United might have landed one of their main transfer targets, although a more likely explanation is that Saul will reveal a non-footballing venture and is merely using the speculation to drive interest.

The nature of his long-term deal and the £134 million release clause contained within would make any negotiation eminently difficult, particularly in the midst of a global pandemic that has already had a significant impact on football finances.

And Balague backs up suspicions that it is possibly a commercial venture, the Spanish football expert told his YouTube channel: "By the way, there's no information, nobody knows what it is, apart from the people involved of course, but it’s pretty obvious in my eyes, well that's what I think.

"First of all, he's a big Atletico Madrid fan, or he feels very close to the club.

"He has renewed his contract despite having interest from others. He will always tell the club if he's leaving but that will be at the right time if he leaves.

"Do you think he will put a post on Twitter saying that he's going to another club? Doesn't that sound to you like a bit of a commercial exercise of some kind? It does to me. I may be completely wrong, but it sounds to me like a big commercial thing.

"That's not how Saul does things, that's not how Saul does things. Atletico Madrid will tell you they don’t expect anything because he's not leaving.

"So, I think I answered that there. But it has kept you busy and yes, some media are mentioning Manchester United, etc. We will see on Wednesday."

- TEAMtalk media

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