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Man Utd transfer news: Kleberson keen on £85m Saul Niguez to Old Trafford story

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 19:37, 21 December 2019 | Updated: 10:35, 23 December 2019

Former Manchester United midfielder Kleberson believes Saul Niguez is at the ‘right age’ to join Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team.

The record 20-time English champions are going through a turbulent period that has seen them struggle to compete for the Premier League crown.

Better call Saúl: Five key things to know…

  • Saul Niguez began at Real Madrid before joining Atlético Madrid’s youth set-up.
  • He’s since gone on to make 271 appearances, registering 36 goals and creating a further 18.
  • Saúl has curated a reputation for scoring important goals.
  • One example would be against Bayern Munich enroute to the 2016 Champions League final.
  • Atletico are reportedly willing to listen to offers of £85m.

With nearly half of the 2019/20 season played, Man Utd find themselves in sixth place and 24 points behind runaway leaders Liverpool, however they are just four points below the final Champions League spot (currently occupied by Chelsea).

Since being appointed in December 2018, following the dismissal of Jose Mourinho after a lacklustre run, Solskjaer has overseen two transfer windows in which more than £140m was spent on three players – including Harry Maguire, now the most expensive defender in history.

United are expected to dip into the forthcoming January window, with reports strongly linking them with Red Bull Salzburg teenage marksman Erling Braut Haaland, who previously worked under Solskjaer at Norwegian outfit Molde.

It could very well end up being a quiet month, but next summer is expected to be busy. The Old Trafford-based club are rumoured to be chasing Borussia Dortmund winger Jadaon Sancho, whilst another name, Atlético Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez, has received glowing approval from Kleberson.

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“I like the speculation around Saul,” he told Bet New Jersey.

“He’s a great player and, at 25 years old, he’s the right age to come into Man United, a big team, big club and play really well.”