Arsenal are one of the few English clubs who could be in for a major squad overhaul in the upcoming summer transfer window. Following the departure of Alexis Sanchez, Francis Coquelin and Theo Walcott, the Gunners are apparently keen on filling the void left by the players this summer.
A fluid midfield, in particular, has been a key aspect of Arsenal’s style of play under head coach Arsene Wenger and it is no secret that the Premier League giants are desperate to sign a midfielder this summer, with Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla’s future at the club hanging in the balance.
Schalke’s Max Meyer was deemed as the number one target for the Gunners in the midfield department. However, according to Spanish news outlet, AS, Arsenal have set their sights on a bigger prize, having been linked with a move for Saul Niguez.
The Atletico Madrid starlet is one of Europe’s most highly rated midfielders and has recently signed a long-term contract with the club. His current contract runs until 2026, meaning he could be easily worth a fortune in the transfer market.
Saul, who has transformed into a key player under the leadership of Diego Simeone, has previously been linked with a big-money move to Manchester United following a string of exceptional performances in La Liga. A move for this highly talented midfielder could be a boon for Arsenal, who have long awaited the arrival of a world-class midfielder since Mesut Ozil.
Saul Niguez has everything a modern-day midfielder needs. Blessed with incredible technical abilities, the 23-year-old is easily one of the most charismatic midfielders in European football. But one thing that stands out is his amazing versatility. The Spaniard was raised as a centre-back during the early days of his professional career but now operates as a central midfielder for Atletico. He can play anywhere across the midfield positions and even on the wings, if necessary.
Considering his aggressive and dynamic style of play, Saul Niguez should have no difficulties whatsoever, in getting used to Arsene Wenger’s tactical philosophy. His partnership with the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil will definitely make Arsenal one of the most feared teams in the Premier League.
But that being said, Saul’s arrival at the Emirates is highly doubted. Aside from the player having a long-term contract with the club, Saul has deep connections with Atletico Madrid and, therefore, appears to be loyal to the Spanish giants.