Manchester City are reportedly intensifying efforts to sign Atletico Madrid Spanish midfielder, Saul Niquez from Barcelona. The 24-year old has been identified by City manager, Pep Guardiola as a long term replacement for ageing Brazilian midfield stalwart, Fernandinho and the Blues are believe to be edging closer to a deal. City turn to the Spaniard after missing out on Ajax's Frenkie de Jong who opted to sign a pre-contract with Barcelona ahead of a summer move for €75 million. ![images (64).jpeg](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmZd3bE2DoD7qmGSNRXWPSXwd4rxB85YqqrEjywMuaMQSe/images%20(64).jpeg) Despite Barcelona having already beat City and Paris Saint Germain to the signature of the Dutch International, they are also making moves to sign Saul from Atletico Madrid. It looks likely that Saul would leave Atletico in the summer after his agent came out to say things are not well between both parties, fuelling the transfer rumours. Although his agents have been in touch in recent times with Barcelona, the Catalan club have been told that Saul's final destination is Manchester. In 2013, Atletico signed David Villa from Barcelona and one of the clauses in the deal included the option of Barcelona being the first in line of buyers for three players, Saul inclusive. With Pep Guardiola having lost out on many midfield reinforcements recently, Fred to Manchester United, Jorginho to Chelsea and De Jong to Barcelona, City would be looking to wrap up the deal on time.