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Manchester United is looking for reinforcements for next season. Phil Neville, the former United player and current member of David Moyes' coaching staff, was at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez to watch the clash between Getafe and Rayo in the flesh. The man on his mind, however, does not belong to either of the two teams on the field of play that day. Saul Ñiguez is an Atletico player who is currently out on loan to the Vallecas-based club.

It turns out that Neville witnessed another of the games that the defensive midfielder has played at centre back this season. His flexibility, which Paco Jemez is making the most of this campaign, is one of the virtues that people are weighing up in Manchester, as well as the rest of England. The 'Rojiblanco' youngster has also been linked with moves to Arsenal and Chelsea.

Simeone wanted Saul - whose contract runs out in 2016 - to get some match experience under his belt this season, but it does not look like Atletico are banking on him making a return: the sporting directors had been scouring the market for a pivot for some time, and ended up bringing in Tiago on 30th June.

However, if a transfer is to go through, Barcelona would have to give its approval first. The 'Azulgrana' outfit secured a right of first refusal on Saul and Manquillo as part of Villa's move to Atletico, meaning that Barca can sign the youth international by matching any offer made by another club.