Man Utd ‘sent Phil Neville’ to scout Atletico Madrid star Niguez back in 2014

Manchester United have been interested in the services of Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez for a long-time now, and rumours resurface each summer that the Spaniard could be on the move.

However, Niguez – who is valued at around £69million – is reportedly keen on a move to Old Trafford this summer after falling out of favour with Diego Simeone.

But, it's not the first time United have moved for Niguez, and United sent scouts to watch him as early as 2014.

Phil Neville was sent out to Spain to watch the promising Niguez – who was on loan at Rayo Vallecano.

Niguez – who was then just 19-years-old – had drawn suitors with his performances for Vallecano, and Arsenal, Chelsea, and United were all monitoring his situation.

He earned 34 appearances for the La Liga outfit, and he even managed to bag two goals in an impressive 12th place finish.

However, Vallecano's achievements were trumped by Niguez's parent club; Atleti claimed the La Liga title, and they were less than a minute away from Champions League success.

Up to that point, Atleti had been a selling club – with the likes of Fernando Torres, Radamel Falcao, and Sergio Aguero all using the Madrid based side as a stepping stone.

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However, their European escapades convinced Niguez that his future was best suited in the Spanish capital, where he has grown into one of Europe's top midfielders.

United, on the other hand, turned their attention over to Andre Herrera, who eventually joined the club, and Isco, who didn't.

Niguez has been at the centre of transfer stories ever since, and most involve United, but the Spaniard looks set to leave this summer.

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