Saúl Ñíguez, before a match with the Atlético de Madrid


Saúl Ñíguez already was near to arrive to the Barça in 2017

Published:15/07/2021 - 20:30h

Updated:15/07/2021 - 20:30h

Saúl Ñíguez was very near to land in the Camp Nou four years ago. For then, Bartomeu was had to ficharle protected in the option of score that received the Barça in the operation that carried to David Villa to the Atleti. However, the offer arrived late

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In spite of the fetters, the operation to exchange to Antoine Griezmann and Saúl Ñíguez luce like one of the most favourable roads for the FC Barcelona and the Athletic of Madrid, that want to incorporate effective, although any of the two was very holgado in the financial section.

Saúl does not close to the idea to dress the Barcelona T-shirt, whereas 'The Principito' wishes to go back to the club that directs Diego Simeone. Nevertheless, it is not the first time that speaks of the arrival of the midfield player to the Barça, all time that in 2017 the operation could sure enough materialise.

With the traspaso of David Villa to the group rojiblanco, the Barça received an option of score on Saúl Ñíguez, the one who for then had begun to have the confidence of the 'Cholo'. Besides, his goal in the semis of Champions in front of the Bayern in 2016 put his name in the public opinion.

For then, the Madrilenian entity did not have him of the all ensured and had a clause of rescission by 45 million euros. From the City Condal were very conscious of this and in case to receive another offer, the Barcelona would have priority if it equalised it.

What went out him badly to the Barça?

Nevertheless, as it gave to know Miguel Ángel Gil Marín, the offer of the Catalan club arrived three days late: "The president Bartomeu called me to say me that looked for a player with the characteristics of Saúl and that thought to pay his clause. What he did not know, was that three days before had signed a new agreement with Saúl and that his clause had happened of 80 to 150 millions".

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