Before Manchester City completed the signing of Rodri this summer, there were plenty of names on their list of potential players to replace Fernandinho long-term.
Atlético Madrid midfielder Saúl Ñíguez was a name that popped up repeatedly, with numerous reports suggesting they were keen.
That was something that never happened, though, with a source confirming to Sport Witness beforehand that City were never interested in the midfielder.
That proved to be accurate, with City electing to sign his teammate Rodri, buying out his contract to get a deal over the line quickly.
Saúl continues to be a player that is linked with Europe’s elite, with reports emerging that Barcelona paid €15m to ensure they would have the first choice on the player should he ever want to leave Atlético.
He, though, debates whether moving to a club like Barça or Manchester City would be wise for him as he may not enjoy it as much as he does now.
“I play at Atlético, and I really enjoy it,” OK Diario report him saying.
“You have to make people see that playing like that is enjoyable too.
“Why do you think the people of Atlético applaud when you steal a ball? And why do you think the people of Atleti are different?
“Because you go out to the pressure and the whole team come out at the same time and your people applauding, and you get to do what you want, either steal a ball or do not hurt or defend a play and take it out. I enjoy that too.
“Maybe I go to Barcelona or Manchester City, and I’m not sure I enjoy it as much as I do now. And yes, you may have the ball and whatever you want, but I enjoy it more here.”