Atletico Madrid will reward Saul Niguez with a new lucrative deal in order to ward off interest from Tottenham Hotspur in the player's services, according to Marca. The upcoming midfielder was linked with the likes of Manchester United during the January transfer window, and now Spanish media says Spurs have offered a five-year deal worth €30m (£23.7m) to lure him to England.
The 21-year-old starlet began the season as a back-up player for Diego Simeone's side but has since become a key figure for the Champions League finalists, netting nine goals in 46 appearances.
His impressive breakthrough has sparked speculation he could become the next big star to leave the Vicente Calderon, following in the footsteps of Radamel Falcao, Diego Costa and Arda Turan. Cadena Cope reported during the January mercato that United had launched a £15m bid for the player.
Atletico quickly turned down the Premier League giants' proposal, while Saul's father warned potential suitors that his release clause is set at €45m (£35.5m) – and the player was happy with Los Colchoneros.
Reports around a move have re-emerged in recent times after Saul led Atletico Madrid to the Champions League final, courtesy of a fantastic solo goal in the semi-final with Bayern Munich.
Sport reported Barcelona were closely monitoring his development as the Catalans have a first option to sign him as part of the transfer of David Villa to the Vicente Calderon in 2013.
Marca now claims there are a number of clubs interested in the Spanish starlet, with Spurs being the team to have launched the most concrete move to date. The Spanish publication claims Spurs are trying to tempt Saul with a five-year deal worth €30m in order to bolster Mauricio Pochettino's midfield.
Atletico have responded to those stories by handing the player a new deal that commits his long-term future to the Calderon. Marca added that while nothing is certain in football, and less so when superagent Jorge Mendes is involved in negotiations, it is believed Saul will accept the offer to stay in Simeone's ranks.