Saúl Ñiguez’s departure vital for Diego Simeone and Atletico Madrid transfer plans
Atletico Madrid face a scenario where they have to sell Saúl Ñiguez if they want to sign a striker this summer.
Diego Simeone is said to be keen to add a leader to his squad after loan striker Moussa Dembélé returns to Lyon and Luis Suarez is not getting any younger.
But according to Diario AS, Atleti is on the verge of his salary limit after picking up Rodrigo De Paul from Udinese.
As we have seen with Barcelona, clubs exceeding their salary cap in La Liga can only invest 25% of all entrants and they cannot sign new players unless enough money is brought in first.
The cap is set differently for each club based on income, and the majority of clubs have seen their cap reduced this season due to declining revenues due to the pandemic.
And in Atleti’s case, they’re now close to their salary cap limit, which means they can’t sign a new striker until there’s a significant departure.
Saúl is expected to be the man who makes his place, the Spain international with a long-term contract that makes him one of the best earners at Wanda Metropolitano.
The midfielder has been linked with a swap deal with Antoine Griezmann, but Atleti is unlikely to match the Frenchman’s huge salary.
Saúl is also attracting interest from Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United, and it seems a move for the midfielder is not only preferred but necessary for Atleti as they look to add that much needed depth on the front row ahead of their La Liga title defense.