Liverpool have not tabled a £35m bid for Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez, according to The Athletic journalist James Pearce.
The website’s Reds’ correspondent claims the Merseyside club may only consider a formal approach for the Spaniard if they raise funds through selling players:
“At the moment it’s pretty tenuous. There were some reports of a £35m bid going in. My information is that definitely wasn’t correct. At the moment it’s a case of wait and see depending on what they can raise from sales.”
Pearce’s comments do suggest that Liverpool are pretty far from tabling a concrete bid for Niguez and reports in Spain suggest that the 26-year-old could be closing in on a move to Barcelona.
It is believed that Atletico and Barca are currently trying to work out a swap deal, with Antoine Griezmann moving in the other direction, but we shall see if anything comes of those talks.
Other teams, including Manchester United, Chelsea and Bayern Munich have been mentioned as potential suitors for Niguez, so if Liverpool are taking a ‘wait and see’ approach as Pearce claims, it could come back to bite them.