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Barcelona have met Saul Niguez’s representatives THREE times as they eye £71million move for Atletico Madrid starlet

Nou Camp chiefs have met Spanish Under-21 star's representatives on THREE occasions as they plot move

Barcelona will have to pay £71million for Atletico Madrid star Saul Niguez – after deciding against signing him for £40m just a year ago.

The Spanish Under-21 ace is bang in form after another impressive season in La Liga and at international level.

Saul Niguez will cost Barcelona £71m to buy this summer

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Saul Niguez will cost Barcelona £71m to buy this summer

Niguez is in the headlines again today after he struck a stunning hat-trick to fire his country into the European U21 Championship final in a 3-1 triumph over Italy.

And that has sparked Barcelona’s interest in the playmaker again after opting not to pursue a deal twelve months ago.

Now he is worth nearly DOUBLE the amount the Nou Camp giants could have landed him for as part of a clause inserted into David Villa’s transfer to Atletico.

Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez has met with Niguez’s representatives on THREE occasions.

Barcelona could have signed the star for £40m last summer

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Barcelona could have signed the star for £40m last summer

They have also been in regular contact via telephone as they keep updated with his situation.

But it is going to cost them a hefty fee should they decide to launch their move.

Niguez signed a new contract at Atletico a year ago after his move to the Catalan giants collapsed – and his deal has £71m release clause.

Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez has met with Niguez’s representatives on THREE occasions

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Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez has met with Niguez’s representatives on THREE occasions

Saul Niguez scored a hat-trick to fire Spain U21s to the Euro final

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Saul Niguez scored a hat-trick to fire Spain U21s to the Euro final

A number of Premier League clubs are also interested in the 22-year-old.

In an attempt to keep hold of him, Atletico want to increase his release fee to £88m and plan to hold talks with him after the Euros.

Atletico Madrid are desperate to keep hold of the star

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Atletico Madrid are desperate to keep hold of the star

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Meanwhile, Niguez is focusing all his attention at present on achieving Euro joy in Poland.

He and his team-mates are now preparing to face Germany, who defeated England on penalties in the other semi, on Friday.

 

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