As a ‘opening bid,’ Liverpool might employ two players from the Saul Niguez exchange.
To get Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez, Liverpool might utilize two players in a cash-plus-player deal.
According to rumors, Divock Origi or Xherdan Shaqiri could be included in a deal to bring Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez to Anfield this summer. According to Mundo Deportivo, the Reds’ original bid of £34 million was turned down, as Saul’s admirers appear to be holding out for £42 million.
Since midfielder Gini Wijnaldum departed for PSG on a free transfer, Saul, 26, will undoubtedly be Liverpool’s top transfer target this summer window.
Although Wijnaldum will be difficult to replace, Jurgen Klopp and Michael Edwards feel they have discovered a younger option.
Since joining Atletico Madrid as a youngster in 2008, he has made an astounding 337 appearances for the club, scoring 43 goals in the process.
Saul, like Wijnaldum, is a box-to-box midfielder who never shies away from a goal shot.
He’d be a fantastic addition to Klopp’s team, and his excitement and driving style of play may reignite Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Roberto Firmino’s flames.
Despite Salah’s 32 goals, the Reds’ front three struggled as a collective last season, with Mane admitting it was his worst season ever.
Liverpool was beset by injuries, making it difficult for them to maintain a constant momentum in their bid to retain their Premier League crown.
Saul has played over 40 games for Atletico Madrid every season for the previous six years, and his fitness speaks for itself.
With Atletico demanding a fee for the midfielder, Klopp and Edwards may consider a player-plus-cash deal that includes Origi or Shaqiri.
Origi has spent much of his Liverpool career as an impact replacement from the bench, but he has never looked like breaking through since the arrivals of Salah and Mane.
He has made a number of significant contributions for Liverpool, the most notable of which being a brace against Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final.
However, he appears to be out of favor, especially since Diogo Jota was signed last season.
He, like Saul, is 26 years old, and if given the chance under Diego Simeone, he has the potential to realize his full potential.
If Atletico Madrid required a replacement for Saul, Liverpool might offer Swiss midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri.
The midfielder can play on the wing or as an offensive midfielder, although he has been largely underutilized at Liverpool.