Saúl Ñíguez is the talk of the town after his hat-trick against Italy that helped Spain into the final of the Euro under-21s on Friday against Germany. He also moved into the drivers’ seat in the goalscoring charts with five goals in three games for Albert Celades’ side.
It seems Atlético Madrid, disgusted at losing Theo Hernández and feeling a little upset with how they were treated regarding the TAS decision, are not about the let their best young midfielder and best young talent be poached from them. Barcelona are circling and most other top teams would take him. And so, Atlético will move quickly increase his release clause to €100 million when he returns from the Euros as they have already agreed improved wages and the rise in release clause.
It is another warning shot to teams that Atlético are not a selling club and will do their best to keep their best. He joins Yannick Carrasco, Antoine Griezmann, Jan Oblak and Koke as players who have been valued this highly by Atleti.
In the official Atletico store in Madrid, Saúl appears front and centre as a reminder to anyone considering making a move that he is red and white. While this is a small thing and probably just a marketing ploy, it is also a sign that Saúl’s role in Diego Simeone’s midfield is likely to increase next season seeing as how well he deals with pressure and responsibility.