Both the Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur fans in the Transfer Tavern have been left reeling as yet another top target slips away.
The mere notion of having one of the most exciting talents in Europe at their club was a mouth watering prospect for the punters propping up the bar.
However, reports from ESPN that Atletico Madrid sensation Saul Niguez has extended his contract in the Spanish capital has come as a hammer blow to both sides.
The 21-year old midfielder has emerged as one of the most gifted talents on the continent under the tutelage of Diego Simeone.
Both Premier League giants have been linked with mega money moves for the versatile Spanish star, particularly following his exceptional goal against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
Barcelona were also understood to retain an interest in the majestic midfielder.
Now, he has committed his future to Los Rojiblancos until 2021 and has been called for the La Roja squad for Euro 2016.
Will United and Spurs forever rue not making Saul an offer he can’t refuse while they still could?
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