'Intense' summer Liverpool and Everton target coming good in La Liga

Saul Niguez is starting to look the real deal at Atletico Madrid.

It was first reported that Arsenal and Chelsea were ready for a head-to-head battle for the services of Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez last summer - Manchester United were also said to be keen.

But it then emerged that Liverpool were the favourites to sign him after scouts reportedly watched him in action. Then came the Everton interest. Put it this way, Premier League teams were queueing up to have a pop at signing this talent.

Niguez spent last season on loan at Rayo Vallecano and was in top form for the club the whole campaign.

But with competition fierce at the Vicente Calderon, there were rumours Los Colchoneros might just do business at the right price.

However, in April he signed a new deal at the club - keeping him a Rojiblanco until 2019 and including a €24 million release clause.

Now he is starting to live up to that price-tag and backing up the belief Diego Simeone is showing in him.

Saul was the star of the show last weekend as Atleti defeated high-flying Sevilla 4-0 at home, with Saul bagging a goal in the 42nd minute - his first for the club.

And after the game Simeone gushed about his talented young midfield maestro:

"Saul has a tremendous future with this development. He's 19-years-old and playing in midfield for Atletico at that age is not easy.

"He has a lot of personality. He's intense. He's a classic player like Koke, or like Gabi, he does very well. He has patience and humility and works hard. He's destined to be an important player for the club."

It certainly seems that the likes of Liverpool, Everton and co were right to be keeping tabs on the midfield talent, as he starts to impose himself on one of the strongest midfield's in Europe.

But judging by the way Simeone talks about him, Saul won't be leaving La Liga any time in the near future.

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