Atlético Madrid’s Saúl Ñíguez has been repeatedly linked to Manchester United in recent years, without there seeming to be much in the story.

Although he didn’t confirm any approach from the Red Devils, the 26-year-old admitted last September he’s “flattered” with the rumours of United interest.

A source close to the Spain international has now told Cadena Ser’s El Larguero that it’s ‘very difficult’ to reverse the midfielder’s situation at the club. He has also partially lost support within the dressing room.

Luis Enrique didn’t include Saúl in his squad for March’s international fixtures and this has ‘affected him a lot emotionally’. It’s claimed he wants to leave Diego Simeone’s side, but hasn’t received firm offers so far.

Claims made by El Larguero are relayed by La Razón, who then provide their own information on this case.

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It’s claimed Manchester United are the ‘only club to have been interested’ in the Atlético player and would be willing to offer between €35m and €50m for his signing. This is ‘fairly a low amount’ if one takes into account his €150m release clause.

It’s highly unlikely for any club to meet his buyout clause, at least in the summer transfer window.

In the event Saúl leaves Wanda Metropolitano, La Razón claims Atlético plan to replace him with Napoli’s Fabián Ruiz.