Barcelona could be ready to sign midfielder Saúl Ňiguez in the summer.
The midfielder is currently on loan at Chelsea from Atlético Madrid but, despite the West London club having an option to buy, he is widely expected to return to his parent club in there summer, having generally failed to impress in the Premier League. However, he did pick up a Club World Cup winners medal with them as a late substitute.
There is no obvious path for him back with Atlético, but no rivals Barcelona could be prepared to offer him a lifeline, with reports that Xavi band his management team have always liked him, .especially with his ability to play left back as well as midfield.
And with discussions still continuing between the two clubs of the transfer back to Atlético of Antoine Griezmann, there have been suggestions that Saúl could be used as a bargaining chip.
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