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Manchester City are close to agreeing a deal for Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez, according to a report.

Barcelona, despite completing the £65million capture of de Jong - who will move to the Nou Camp in the summer - are reportedly also keen on Saul, a key cog in the Atletico engine room.

Transfer speculation began to circulate on Wednesday suggesting City have moved ahead of Barcelona in the chase for Saul. But sources have told ESPN FC that Barca have been made aware of City already making firm steps to seal a deal for the Spain midfielder.

ESPN also suggests that Saul's representative have been in talks with Ernesto Valverde's side for the last few months and have told Barca that he can not stay at Atletico anymore.

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With City spending nearly two years searching for a replacement for Brazil global Fernandinho, who will be 34 in May, they are now set to win the race for Saul at the end of this season.

Saul has been a mainstay in midfield for the Madrid side, and has become one of the first names on the team sheet for manager Diego Simeone.

However the Premier League champions have been regularly scuppered in their attempts to fill the role - targets de Jong, Fred and Jorginho were snapped up by Barcelona, Manchester United and Chelsea respectively.

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