Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez has revealed his “new club” is an academy project sponsored by world sports gear powerhouse Nike.
According to Sky Sports News, the academy project is based in Elche, his new club being “Club Costa City.”
The Spanish international, who has been linked with a move to Manchester United, ran a countdown to the news announcement on his social media channels.
On Wednesday June 3, with the countdown complete, Saul posted a video with a caption which read: “THERE IS A NEW TEAM IN THE CITY” with details about a project titled ‘Club Costa City’.
Atletico Madrid’s official Instagram account responded, stating: “We know how excited you are, and when things are done with this much excitement, they always turn out well. Good luck on your new adventure.”
Club Costa City was formed by Niguez and his brother and brings together more than 30 teams and 500 players in all age categories in the Spanish city.
Reports in the British media claimed that Manchester United will attempt to lure the player – who has a £135m buyout clause – by offering him a wage increase to £200,000 a week.
Midfielder Paul Pogba’s future remains uncertain and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s scouts have reportedly been tracking Niguez as a potential replacement this summer.
Saul sparkled as Atleti dumped Champions League holders Liverpool out of the competition with a defensive masterclass in late March, having been linked with a move to United four years ago when Louis van Gaal was in charge.
Niguez had fuelled the speculation surrounding his future with a social media post on Sunday, in which the 25-year-old – who has played 37 games for Atletico this season, scoring four goals – said to his followers they would have to wait for his announcement.
His now former club Atletico Madrid travel to face Athletic Club when the La Liga season resumes from June 11.