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European heavyweights ready to block Man United move for outstanding Spaniard

Saul NiguezThe Manchester United fans that frequent the Transfer Tavern have been no stranger to disappointment in recent months, though reports emanating out of Spain suggesting Barcelona could block a potential move for Saul Niguez have only added to their woe.

Fichajes claim the Red Devils could miss out on the hugely talented 21-year old midfielder due to a clause inserted into his Atletico Madrid contract put in when the Catalan giants sold David Villa to Los Rojiblancos in 2013.

A move to Old Trafford had suggested following his emergence as an exceptionally gifted playmaker, who is able to play almost anywhere on the pitch, under the stewardship of Diego Simeone.

However, it is claimed that the Blaugrana have a first refusal option on the Spanish under-21 international following their sale of Villa to the Madrid giants for a relatively cheap £3.9m.

Though Niguez is under contract in the Spanish capital until 2020, he is said to have rejected their recent offer of improved terms, fuelling speculation in regards to a move.

It is likely to come as a major blow for the Red Devils who had previously been strongly linked with making a move for one of the emerging talents of European football.

Do Manchester United have any hope at all of competing with Barcelona in the transfer market?

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