Saul Niguez has been linked to plenty of Premier League clubs this summer – but Manchester United have reportedly been interested for eight years.
The Atletico Madrid star is believed to be of interest to Chelsea and Liverpool as well as the Red Devils.
There is less than a week until the summer transfer window closes with recent claims having suggested Atletico would welcome a loan-to-buy offer for their long-serving midfielder.
Saul has a contract in the Spanish capital for another five years though The Athletic claim he could still join United in the next week.
And it's reported the 26-year-old has been scouted by United since the days of David Moyes, who took charge in the summer of 2013.
Primarily a midfielder, Saul has played a variety of roles under Diego Simeone, even filling in as an emergency centre-back.
United have had a busy summer transfer window, bringing Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane to Old Trafford.
Plenty of fans were calling for a new central midfielder following the struggles in the draw at Southampton at the weekend.
Though they could still sign Saul with The Athletic adding a deal could develop quickly as Atletico are keen to get his wages off the books.
Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said on potential transfers: "Anything from now is a bonus.
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"I have to say that with the two signings we've got, we've strengthened where we wanted to strengthen.
"Let's see what happens. You never know in football. Anything can happen, ins and outs.
"We need a big squad. The start is important, the whole season is important, but you need to arrive in April and May fresh and with enough options.
"Some might go on loan until Christmas, some might go for a season but I don't want to be too light in any position."
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