Barca to trigger Saul's £134m release clause

Author: Daily Mail

Barcelona are considering making a move for Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul despite his release clause standing at an eye-watering £134million. 

Saul has been on Barcelona's radar for a considerable amount of time with the club securing a right of first refusal for the midfielder in the deal that saw David Villa move to Atletico from the Nou Camp back in 2013.

According to Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo, Saul has caught the attention of the Catalan giants again after his stirring performances for the national side in the UEFA Nations League wins over England and Croatia this month. 

However, Saul's release clause - which has risen from £40m to £134m over the past two years, is not the only problem for Barcelona.

Saul has always maintained his loyalty to Atletico and demonstrated that by recently penning a long-term contract extension to keep him at the club until 2026.

Barcelona will keep an eye on Saul's situation but it seems unlikely at this point that they will be able to convince him to move to the Nou Camp. 

The midfielder, still only 23, has been a stalwart in Diego Simeone's side for the past four seasons and is starting to show signs he can be just as important for Luis Enrique and the Spain side.

Saul did not play a single minute for his country during the World Cup in Russia but has so far been the leading man as Spain look to rebuild following a turbulent summer of change.

New Spain boss Enrique believes the Atletico man has improved drastically over the past year or so and will look to him to carry the torch in Andes Iniesta's absence - who retired from international football after this summer's tournament.