Man Utd’s animated scouting meeting and their decision to not sign Liverpool target Saul

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Manchester United reportedly considered signing Liverpool target Saul Niguez back in 2013 while David Moyes was still manager of the club.

Saul, who fell out of favour at Atletico Madrid last season, is believed to be attracting strong interest from Merseyside, and Jurgen Klopp is thought to see the 26-year-old as a potential perfect replacement for Gini Wijnaldum, who has joined PSG.

Seven-and-a-half years ago heading towards the Christmas period Moyes was coming under increasing pressure at Old Trafford following a series of disappointing results.

And according to the Manchester Evening News during a particularly tense meeting he demanded a Spanish scout to recommend a new signing for the January transfer window, to which the reply was Saul, who was at that time on a season-long loan at Rayo Vallecano.

Manchester United were reportedly considering signing Saul Niguez in 2013
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The publication also claim that as a result Phil Neville went to watch the player in action a month later, but was not suitably impressed, meaning that in the end United decided against making a move.

United have once again been linked with Saul, but Anfield is currently looking a more likely destination, with reports that Liverpool have already put in an opening bid.

Spanish outlet Diario Sport claim that the Reds have bid €40m (£34.5) plus one of two players: Xherdan Shaqiri or Jordan Henderson.

Shaqiri has struggled to nail down a spot in the first-team ever since joining Liverpool from Stoke in 2018, and it is thought the club are happy to let him leave this summer.

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Henderson, meanwhile, is said to have been left disappointed after contract talks broke down, and although it would not be popular with supporters there is a genuine chance that he could depart before the start of the new campaign.

It remains to be seen how Atletico respond to the offer, but given that Saul has a lucrative contract which does not expire until 2026 they may well feel confident of negotiating a higher price.

Saul is likely to be open to the idea of a Premier League move after he disappointed in the most recent La Liga campaign.

And he has been full of praise for Liverpool in the past, telling the Daily Mail last year: "It’s very hard to escape that pressure when they come at you the way they do. One man comes out and his team-mate doesn’t say 'where are you going?' He goes with him.

"They all go. And then if they get turned, then at least seven of them, the four at the back and the three in the middle, all charge back.

"It’s incredible, they go out madly pressing like animals because they know that even if they lose it they’re still going to have at least seven running like mad to win it back."

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