Atletico Madrid midfielder ‘under consideration’ by Man City as David Silva replacement

Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez is ‘under consideration‘ as a potential replacement for Manchester City’s David Silva in the summer, claims Telegraph journalist James Ducker.

Ducker states that while Phil Foden is ‘expected to be given a more prominent role‘ once Silva leaves, the club are contemplating adding to their options – with Saul only ‘one name‘ currently considered.

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Saul would not be a like-for-like replacement. The Spain international is a much more of a defensively-minded midfielder than his compatriot Silva – often finding himself leading La Liga charts for winning the most tackles.

Saul, 25, has been at Atletico since he joined the club’s youth academy in 2008. He has been linked with Manchester City before, and was touted as a Fernandinho successor last summer prior to Rodri’s arrival.

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While Manchester City may or may not remain interested in Saul, the view of the Telegraph that he would be a Silva replacement seems odd given the vastly different qualities of the two players.

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