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“A fantastic player, but…” Pep Guardiola responds to Saul Niguez to Manchester City rumour

A potentially big transfer story broke in Spain last night when, as we covered earlier, journalist Juanfe Sanz sensationally claimed on El Chiringuito TV that Manchester City were willing to smash their club record to sign midfielder Saul Niguez from Atletico Madrid.

While the impressive Niguez certainly has the talent to play for City, his €150 million (£135.5 million) release clause, which Sanz claimed City were willing to pay, isn’t the sort of fee the Blues usually splash out.

During his pre-Hoffenheim press conference on Tuesday afternoon, Pep Guardiola was quizzed about the latest midfielder to be linked with a move to his team, and squashed the rumour right away.

“He is a fantastic player, but we are not interested in him,” Guardiola said about the 15-cap Spain star, “He is an Atletico player and will stay there for a long time.”

And that would appear to put that link to bed, despite Pep having a history of bluffing about his interest in players.

The list of central midfielders tipped to join City continues to grow, with Niguez, Frenkie de Jong, Adrien Rabiot, Tanguy Ndombele, Houssem Aouar and Ruben Neves all at some point linked with the Premier League champions recently.

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