Man Utd Eye Move For Spanish Star As Mourinho Seeks Carrick Replacement

By on September 18, 2017

The transfer window is now closed but clubs are already thinking ahead to January and next summer so we’ll bring you all the latest gossip from around the globe. Today, Man Utd are looking for Michael Carrick’s replacement…

Manchester United have sent scouts to watch Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez as Jose Mourinho tries to find a long-term replacement for Michael Carrick, according to the Daily Star.

Carrick was given a new one-year contract in the summer but this is expected to be the 36-year-old’s final season as a United player as he looks to bring an end to what’s been an illustrious career.

The midfielder has made over 450 appearances for United since joining the club from Tottenham in 2006 and has won 5 Premier League titles, 4 domestic cups, the Europa League and the Champions League during his time at Old Trafford.

However, the former England international can’t go on forever so Mourinho is already on the look-out for a long-term replacement and it seems he’s cast his eye to Spain.

The Daily Star claim the United boss sent scouts to watch last week’s Champions League game between Roma and Atletico Madrid in order to keep a close eye on Saul Niguez.

The Atletico star has developed in to one of the best midfielders in La Liga over the past two years and the 22-year-old is now a regular in the Spain squad after previously representing his country at every youth level.

Niguez would be a sensational signing if United could lure him to Old Trafford but that won’t be straight-forward so the newspaper says United also took the opportunity to watch Roma ace Radja Nainggolan.

The Belgian international has long been linked with a move to United after impressing in Serie A and Mourinho may make another move for the 29-year-old next summer.

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However, Nainggolan only recently signed a new contract that ties him to Roma until 2021 so it won’t be easy to prise the midfielder away from the Stadio Olimpico if United do make a formal approach.

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