Manchester United preparing huge contract offer for £70m transfer target

Manchester United are preparing a £150,000-a-week contract offer for Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez, according to reports.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is determined to bolster his options in midfield this summer despite Bruno Fernandes flourishing following his arrival at Old Trafford in January.

The Red Devils have expressed interest in signing Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish and Leicester City star James Maddison, although both deals have become more unlikely in recent weeks.

As a result, Manchester United have turned their attentions elsewhere and are now set to revive their interest in Saul, according to StarSport.

The Premier League giants were linked with a move for the Spaniard last summer and believe the time may be right for another swoop after Atletico Madrid’s shock Champions League exit.

Saul is regarded as one of the most talented players in Europe and is said to be considering his future in Madrid.

It is claimed Manchester United are ready to hand Saul a contract worth £150,000-a-week and believe he would be tempted to leave in order to play alongside the likes of Fernandes and Paul Pogba.

Following Atletico’s defeat to RB Leipzig in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, Saul said: ‘It hurts to lose, but our rivals were better in the game.

‘They raised the tempo and we did not know how to react. They were superior to us, and at times we were not even close to stopping them.’

Despite targeting Saul, Manchester United still appear to view Jadon Sancho as their first-choice transfer target.

Borussia Dortmund have warned the Premier League giants off a move for Sancho but Red Devils legend Rio Ferdinand has urged his former club not to give up in the transfer pursuit.

‘He is fantastic,’ the former centre-back told BBC Radio 5 Live. ‘If he does come he’ll be an added value in terms of quality, no doubt.

‘Manchester United need top players who are going to have an effect on their first XI and I think Jadon Sancho falls into that category.

‘If you look at successful Man United sides over the years, successful periods, there were players fighting for every position and if you substitute one out and you brought one in there was no change in the quality or the output.’

Solskjaer’s Manchester United face Spanish club Sevilla in the semi-finals of the Europa League on Sunday evening.

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