Man Utd, Liverpool or Barca - Where will Saul will end up next season?

Stefan Bienkowski
Man Utd want Saul Niguez as Pogba replacement

Few players seem to be attracting as much interest from other clubs quite like Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul.

Linked with a move to England, Italy or to other Spanish clubs, the midfielder seems to have a number of options available to him this summer. Which include staying at Atleti for another title-challenging season, according to the player’s agent.

"Saul will do with his future what is best for Saul,” announced the player’s agent, Joshua Barnett, in an interview with AS. "Nothing has been decided, Saul has as many options to stay as he has to leave."

So where is Saul most likely to be playing his football next season? Let’s take a look at the contenders.

Could Saul replace Paul Pogba at Man Utd?

Could Saul replace Paul Pogba at Man Utd?

Manchester United

One club that has been consistently linked with a move for the Atleti ball-winning midfielder has been Manchester United.

The Old Trafford club have no problem throwing money around for big-name players and Saul would certainly fit that bill. But a bid for the midfielder this summer doesn’t really make much sense.

In terms of central midfielders, the Old Trafford side are fairly well stocked at the moment and it seems unlikely that someone like Saul would be signed unless Paul Pogba were to depart in the coming months.

Liverpool

Another Premier League giant that have been linked with Saul in recent weeks are Liverpool.

However, unlike Man Utd, the Anfield side are in desperate need of another central midfielder after Gini Wijnaldum departed the club at the end of the season to join Paris Saint-Germain.

Whether that means Liverpool are now prepared to hand over a considerable sum of money for Saul remains to be seen, but he is likely to fall within the parameters of what type of player they’ll be looking to sign this summer.

Could Barcelona and Atletico Madrid swap their star players?

Could Barcelona and Atletico Madrid swap their star players?

Barcelona

Reports in Spain are strongly suggesting that the Atleti star could be on his way to Barcelona, in a part-exchange move that would see Antoine Griezmann move the opposite way.

Barca are in desperate need of cash and to off-load overpaid stars, so this would make plenty of sense for the Catalan side.

However, Atelti already have one senior and rather expensive ex-Barca striker in the form of Luis Suarez and it remains to be seen whether a return to the club for Griezmann is what the fans or indeed Diego Simeone even wants.